The Case of the Exploding Loo: The Journey of a Book

 

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.

 

Journey of Book 1

 

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.

 

Journey of Book 2

 

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).

 

Journey of Book 3

 

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.

Journey of Book 4

 

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.

Journey of Book 5

 

MAY 2013: THE AGENT

The utterly fabulous Luigi Bonomi offers to represent my book. I dance around the kitchen with glee.

Journey of Book 6

 

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.

 

Journey of Book 7

 

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.

 

Journey of Book 8