(I know it’s bad form to use so many exclamation marks, but I’m so excited I can’t help it).
The reason for my excitement is my life as a writer is different from how it was a short time ago.
- I have a champion! – someone who’s not my Mum or my kids who says nice things about my work. I’ve discovered this is excellent for morale and productivity.
- I have more time to write because I don’t need to spend time researching publishers/agents, writing queries and submissions. (I know from experience if you want to do this well it takes time, and a scatter gun approach does not work).
- For the first time since I started writing I’m getting feedback from editors passed on from my agent. Wow – how awesome is that?! It’s so different from the big fat no-response I’m used to. It’s going to be hard when they don’t like my work, but it will help me grow as a writer.
As well as being knowledgeable about the children’s book market my agent is a great communicator and a lovely person, so I’m extra grateful for that. So far, she’s sent my book out to a raft of editors at top publishing houses – something I would never be able to do.
My fingers are crossed.
With all this positivity, I’m itching to get back into my writing. I only have to survive the last week of the school holidays first!