03 December, 2012

Signed and Sealed

It's all official. Contracts have been signed and everything. I am now represented by David Haviland at the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency officially. David and I met up in London last week to discuss all the things that need to be changed in my novel, The Art of Letting Go. It was such a pleasure to talk about it with somebody who has an interest in it from a professional point of view, and to thrash out some of the issues. And as a massive bonus (a necessity, really) we seemed to get on very well!

You can now read about both my book and me on the Andrew Lownie website. I have also added another page about the book to this blog for those who are curious but don't for some reason want to visit a different website. (I'm struggling to think why somebody might fit into this category, but you never know!).

So now I have the task of re-writing the novel for the fourth time and putting together a proposal with David to send to the publishers. I'm also starting to plan my next novel as that will be a good selling point for this one  - publishers would rather invest in an author than a single book. I'm really excited about my next novel already, but I'm trying to keep calm enough to focus on this one for another couple of months!

15 comments:

  1. Yay! Congrats! Will go read about the book. And I'll even go to A. Lownie's site. :)

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    1. Awww, thank-you. That's very kind of you. I have just been so very blessed!

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  3. I don't believe so; you have to be talented to find an agent..

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    1. Talent certainly comes into it. As does working on whatever your natural talent level is as hard as you can. But I think blessing - or what some people might call luck - does too. May it happen for you!

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  4. Thank you! I'm only young, so I've got many years ahead of me but I'm too darn impatient! Best of luck :)

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  5. Such awesome, awesome news. I know the feeling, and I know the effort you've already put in. Congratulations!

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  6. May your rewrites go smoothly and swiftly!

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    1. I was about to say 'now where would be the fun in that?'. But actually, that would be quite fun!

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  7. Hi Chloe. CONGRATULATIONS! I'm cheating a bit by only commenting here, but I have actually read your last four posts - and by heavens girl, you do not hang about! I'm so impressed I can't tell you, and simply saying 'congratulations' doesn't feel enough.
    You are an inspiration and I don't mean that lightly. I wish you every bit of 'luck' in the world as you go on. I envy you in the fact that you will go down your chosen path of traditional publishing. I'm giving the 'e' method my best shot, and if it isn't good enough, then so be it. I started writing late in life so it's a third career for me.
    You on the other hand have succeeded where many have failed so keep it up ... and I'll try to keep up with your progress.

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    1. Bless you, Tom - thank-you :) There's no guarantee I will get traditionally published still, but there's certainly a fighting chance now. And I intend to fight for it! In the end we are all doing exactly what you are - giving it our best shot and seeing what happens!

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  8. Man, how did I miss this? Damn, the house swallowed my sight too. Congrats! All the best of luck with it. How exciting!

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    1. Thanks a lot :) Exciting and daunting. (It's alright, I know how hard it is to keep up with everybody even when you DON'T have a house to move into and play with! I once found out an old friend was engaged only when I saw his wedding photos on facebook...)

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