Monday, 13 October 2014

Exciting News – I Have an Agent!

So I’m totally thrilled to announce that I have been signed by the lovely agent Shelley Instone from the Shelley Instone Literary Agency!!!!

So just to say how pleased I am, (and being slightly spread sheet mad) here is a little look back at my journey to being signed…

I started writing in 2007, I was a closet writer until 2011 when I joined writing critique group Abingdon Writers. Then in the same year, slightly jostled by another member I joined SCBWI and entered Undiscovered Voices 2012, where I was long-listed and honorary mentioned in the anthology. Since then it’s been working and submitting, and all that goes with it, the good and the bad, and here are some numbers…

Books written – 2 Novels, I Novella, 5 Picture Book Texts

Agent Submissions – 31

Agent Requests for Full Manuscripts – 7

Agent Rejections – 30

Agent Signed - 1

Publisher Submissions – 7

Publisher Requests for Full Manuscripts – 7

Publisher Rejections – 6 
(still waiting on one)

Competitions entered -10

Competitions won – 1 

Competitions Long-listing – 2 
(The Times Chicken House 2013 & 2014)

Competitions Honorary Mentions – 2 
(Undiscovered Voices 2012 & Winchesters Writers Conference 2012)

So there it is, my writing journey to the point of getting signed with an agent in numbers. Numbers look clinical, but I find that they are a good way of monitoring my journey as they are honest and not open to embellishment by pretty words.

Needless to say, I’m very excited and thrilled, and very much looking forward to working with Shelley to beat my manuscripts into shape!

Let the editing commence.