So. Things have been pretty darn amazing. It has been a year to the week since Novelicious first made tentative steps into the blogosphere. I didn't realise until later that all the cool stuff I'm about to write about, happened on the blog's first anniversary. It's a bit uncanny, don't ya think?
Not only did I get to attend the Melissa Nathan Awards (which you can read about in the post below). I also (quite unexpectedly) got an offer of representation from a literary agent!!
So, I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by Hannah Ferguson of The Marsh Agency!
Hannah contacted me after seeing an excerpt of fiction on Novelicious Undiscovered. She asked to be put in touch with the writer, at which point I had to confess the writer was, infact, me (I'd put some of my writing on under a pseudonym because we had no other entries that week!).
Hannah asked to see some more of my work, which I emailed and she really liked, and we decided that I should work on one particular story idea.
When I decided to come to London for the MN awards, Hannah got in touch and asked if I'd like to meet up for a cuppa. Of course I did! It would be nice for us to put faces to the names!
So off I went to Mayfair (looking like a pleb in massive trainers because the shoes I had worn at the awards had wrecked my feet). Hannah was lovely and we chatted about books, and writing and blogging. And then, she said,
"I'd like to offer to represent you."
Whaaaaaaat? This stuff doesn't happen to me! I haven't finished the book! I thought we were just having a nice brew and a chat! I'm wearing manky trainers! Fook! Don't faint!
I think I said (read:maniacally giggled) something along the lines of "Are you joking?"
At which point I got an attack of the chuckles. Hannah laughed and very kindly confirmed that she was not joking. And with my heart pounding like a kick drum I said, "YES PLEASE!"
To be honest, the rest of the conversation is a bit of a blur. Although I do remember Hannah saying that my fiction made her 'properly laugh out loud', which is just about the best thing ever. This was the last thing I expected to happen. I'm so glad it did.
So my contract is here, next to me. I just have to adorn it with my signature. And then it's down to the hard work. Creating a Bubbly, Kick-Ass, Romantic Comedy novel that I can be proud of. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I am so excited.
*The pic represents what I looked like when I realised that I had an agent.
**I'm not saying I looked like a ten year old child star. Just that we had a similar facial expression.