Friday, 21 September 2012

One step closer...

For months, I feel like I've been toiling up a mountain in a fog. Low cloud, maybe. It's always uphill, and I've kept pushing, but the signposts have kept me going. Mslexia runner up, that was a big one. Getting an agent, definitely encouraging. Keep going, keep going. But the last three months has been frustrating. It felt steeper, and the end was nowhere in sight, and I began to lose heart. Then...the sun came out. It turns out I was almost at the top of the mountain. My agent phoned to say that a publisher was putting an offer together. Now, I don't want to say too much, or jinx it in any way, so I can't say more than next week sometime, I will have an offer for my book, which is a hand up to the last bit of that mountain. So I do feel fantastic and wrecked all at the same time. part of me just wants to lie down and cry as I look back over the last years of working and hoping and writing some more. The other part wants my book deal, and to run down the other side. I realise ahead lies more mountains, but the first one is the biggest. So, if you are toiling up your own mountain in the fog, relish the encouragement you get, keep on working, and you will get to the top of your mountain.

Now I'm going for a long, hot soak in the bath to recover. Then possibly, to bed early. Climbing's hard work.

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  1. Very exciting! I look forward to hearing more about it.

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    1. That's all I know so far, except the name of the publisher. I'm looking forward to knowing more myself!

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  2. Oooh - wonderful new - can't wait to hear all the details!

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    1. I will blog them when I have them, I just feel very odd now to stop, and wait. I never thought it would happen...

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  3. Oh that's fabulous news. Hooray! Can't wait to hear more.

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    1. Thank you Cally, me neither. Hopefully it will seem real by next week!

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  4. Oh Reb! Finally! So thrilled for you. Can't wait for details!!!

    XO

    Downith

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    1. As soon as I know something, I'll email you! How's that dissertation coming on?

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    2. Meh. It's coming.

      As someone who read your book, all I can say about these publishers, is what the hell took so long!!

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  5. Brilliant news! I'm very excited for you indeed!

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    1. Thank you, Bobbi, I feel like I'm finally breathing out after fourteen weeks of waiting!

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  6. Ah! Amazing - so happy for you. Rest and replenish now. Very inspiring.

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    1. I know! Hooray (also very quietly). I still can't believe it!!!

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