My Roller Coaster Year
In keeping with my promise to always be honest about what it is like to be an author (from my perspective) I have written this post about my roller coaster of a year. I have used point form to keep it succinct but if you want more detail just ask in the comment section or email me.
My 2012 writing year started and ended on a high:
- I spent the year working as the Writer in Residence for Portsmouth Libraries.
- Realand – my first book for children – was published.
Sadly my writing year also included lows:
- To fit writing in around family time and full-time work I spent hours each day (7 days a week) writing during parts of the day that non-writers get to spend sleeping.
- My rather fabulous and lovely agent failed to place Special Deliveries despite overwhelmingly positive feedback from all but one of the editors that she sent it to.
- Trying to get my writing brain working again after a mega dose of anaesthetic while undergoing major surgery (much more difficult than I expected).
Having said that, my year also included other highs:
- Someone tweeted Clarence House to recommend My Mini Midwife as a pocket companion for the Duchess of Cambridge.
- Without Alice (my marmite novel) continues to sell well.
- My Dream of You was published on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and we had a rather fabulous champagne laden afternoon tea launch party to celebrate.
- I wrote the first draft of Raffie Island – the 2nd in my children’s book series – and Queendom – book 3 – is planned in detail.
- Before my agent and I parted ways she suggested I self publish Special Deliveries because she still felt it was worthy of publication. I am considering doing just that.
- I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement related to an exciting and innovative project that I very much want to be commissioned for. With any luck I will sign the contract by Spring 2013 and will then be able to tell you about the project.
So, how was your year? Did you have any surprises?