The reason I haven’t updated this blog for a while is not because I haven’t been up to much. Quite the opposite – I’ve been incredibly busy over the last few weeks. I’ll start off with the most exciting news.
Two literary agents contacted me after reading my novel except in Bedford Square 5. They wanted to read more. Unfortuntely, I have yet to finish the book. I told them I’d only written 30k, expecting them to say ‘send us the rest when it’s finished’ – they didn’t. They wanted to read what I had so far, and both asked to meet me.
I don’t know much about different agencies – there are so many out there – and I really wasn’t expecting to get to this point in the writing journey for a long long while. So being invited first to the Janklow & Nesbit offices and then Greene & Heaton was pretty surreal. I was impressed with both agencies, and found it interesting to see how different they were. They both wanted to sign me (*cue backflips*). I definitely have a tough decision to make. I’m going to research more into their client lists and then ultimately go with my gut.
It’s just so confidence-boosting to have these industry professionals rooting for my writing. I wish I had the means to just focus on writing the damn thing, now. I hope I can make the rest of the novel live up to its beginning – that’s my biggest worry. It is definitely harder not having the structure of the MA workshops to keep up the momentum.
I’m still in shock. It’s the biggest moment of my writing life so far.
In other news, I’ve been travelling around the UK a little visiting my MA friends – Brighton one weekend, Falmouth in Cornwall the next. Really great fun to get away and hang out with kindred writerly souls.
I’m also coming to the end of my PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) course and have my Creative Writing micro-teach assessment on Thursday! I had a nightmare about it last night. I literarlly haven’t had a moment to prepare for it.
On top of that, I’ve got a big pile of freelance editing and research to be getting on with. I’m slipping a little on that because I took on the projects before arranging to galavant around the UK and spend days swanning off with agents. So back to the grind tomorrow.