I realise I completely failed to write a self-indulgent blog post when my book deal was announced but don’t worry, I’m going to try and make up for it now!
In all seriousness, I find this sort of thing hard to write. Somehow it’s easier to write nice things about other people’s achievements, or to rant about the evils of the world than to put my hand on my heart and say “I’m proud of what I did.”
And that’s kind of sad.
Even my intro to this post is coloured by the idea that I shouldn’t really be writing about myself. That to write about one of the most important things in my life ever is somehow self-indulgent but to write about how I glued a draw back together and only realised afterwards that I’d forgotten to put the bottom in is fine*.
So *takes a deep breath* here we go…
My life has changed so much over the last few months I’m still trying to get my head around it. Back in December I was crossing my fingers and slowly crossing names of my list of potential dream makers. Yesterday I signed my contract with Harper Voyager.
Clichés come to mind. This is a dream come true for me. I couldn’t be happier. Life doesn’t get much better than this.
It could all change of course but right now life is pretty peachy. I feel like I’ve got the best agent in the world**, the right editor for my book and a better start to my career than I dared to hope for back in August when I started subbing.
I may be slightly drunk in this picture…
And people have been great. Friends, family, and the twitterverse have helped to keep a smile on my face for weeks now. I feel really lucky.
There’s a bit of me that worries I’ll be pissing people off writing this post. That I’ll come across as arrogant or worse.
I’m still writing it though.
Things are fluffy at the moment. Life is good. I’ve had a series of wonderful experiences*** and there are a lot more to enjoy before I get to the scary world of reviews or sales figures.
Until then, I’m determined to make the most of it.
Yes, I really did this.
**Probably because she is.
***Getting an agent, telling everyone, getting a deal, telling everyone, meeting my agent, meeting my editor, getting drunk more than once.