Those people who attended the 2016 SCBWI conference will be familiar with 'The Hook,' a nerve wracking competition! Writers stand up in front of a panel of agents and a audience of hundreds of people and pitch their book. Justin didn't just win the competition, he managed to hook an agent as well.
So, I’m celebrating getting an agent!
I’m happy to be on the celebrations page!
After a lot of rejections over 18 months or so, I am now rep’d by Thérèse Coen, of Hardman and Swainson Literary Agency.
I took part in ‘The Hook’ at the November SCBWI conference. My prize for winning was to choose one of the agents (who were the judges) to have a 1-1 with. I chose Thérèse, having done some pre-competition research.
Thérèse asked me to send my full manuscript of Monsters M.I.A., a comedy adventure for Middle Grade readers, and I met with her in London to talk about that and to get some feedback. She ended the afternoon with an offer of representation! Naturally, I accepted and am already working on some edits.
I celebrated that night with Andrew, my husband, but couldn’t tell everyone until I’d signed the contract. I was away working for a while, and the contract was sitting on the door mat at home getting damp for a week. I finally signed it a few days ago, and have been sharing my good news ever since.
I celebrated SCBWI-style yesterday by standing with SCBWI South-East Scotland pals in the Edinburgh rain, trying to draw, on a Scrawl Crawl.
I celebrated again, and in warmer conditions, later on, with Andrew and a friend, both of whom have been brave beta readers for me.
As I said in my post on the SCBWI Facebook page, taking risks can pay off. And without SCBWI, I wouldn’t be in this position now.