FEBRUARY 2012: THE IDEA
I wake up one morning in February 2012 with an idea for a funny kids’ book about an exploding toilet, a wacky scientist and a little girl who’s too clever for her own good.
MARCH – JUNE 2012: THE FIRST DRAFT
I finish the first draft just in time for the Summer holidays of 2012 and show it to a wise writer friend, who conveniently happens to be a book doctor - Tony Bradman (tonybradman.com) – to see what he thinks.
SEPTEMBER 2012: THE EDIT
The first draft is never the final one. Tony Bradman gives me some great advice and I spend the holidays cutting, pasting, re-writing (and sunbathing).
NOVEMBER 2012: THE COMPETITION ENTRY
I know it can be hard to get noticed by agents and publishers, so when I hear about the Emirates Festival of Literature’s Montegrappa First Fiction Competition, and learn it’s being judged by top London agent, Luigi Bonomi, I decide to enter my book.
MARCH 2013: THE WIN!
I win second prize! And there’s nothing wrong with being a runner up – just ask One Direction! Even better, the competition judge, Luigi Bonomi, says he loves my book and would be interested in talking to me about next steps.
MAY 2013: THE AGENT
The utterly fabulous Luigi Bonomi offers to represent my book. I dance around the kitchen with glee.
JUNE 2013: THE BOOK DEAL
I get the most exciting call ever – the offer of a two book deal for ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’ and its as-yet-unwritten sequel. Not only that, but it’s with Simon & Schuster, who were top of my ‘Dream Publishers’ list. Cue: more squealing and dancing around the kitchen.
MAY 2014: THE LAUNCH
The publishing date is May 2014. I can’t wait to hold a real book in my hands. I just hope my first sighting is in a book shop with big enough aisles to dance in.