It's not often I write about myself because, quite frankly, all my wonderful guest authors, agents and publishers are far more interesting than me but I shall break with tradition and today I'm writing a short blog post about me. Because I've had some news that has put a smile on my face and has made for a lovely early Christmas present.
Times/Chicken House competition
I received an email a couple of days ago saying that my novel had caught their eye and that they'd like to publish an extract on the Times website. Although this doesn't necessarily mean I'll get any further in the competition and, let's face it, I'm up against some fantastic entries, it does mean that my work stood out and for that reason alone I am very happy. Because if there's one thing I've learned on my writing journey, it's that any praise or encouraging feedback from people who work in the business must be embraced. The publishing world can be a strange, mysterious and confusing place, full of subjective opinion and rejection without reason. So when we receive words of praise; a few scribbled words on the standard rejection letter, an agent requesting the full even if ultimately it is rejected, a shortlisting in a competition, anything that helps spur us on in our quest to be published, we should take heart and draw on these experiences as we pursue that elusive agent and publishing deal.
So no matter what happens next - I'm exceedingly happy to have made it this far...
And I'm also thrilled to say that a fellow British SCBWI member, Melissa Rogerson, has also had an extract of her novel, The Moonlocket, published on the Times website. She talks about her excitement on hearing the news on her blog lifebeyond
So I wish you all Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays