Undiscovered Voices

I’ve been keeping this news under my hat for a while, but I’m delighted to say that I am one of the twelve authors selected for SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2020!

Well, ‘delighted’ is a bit of an understatement really, because Undiscovered Voices is an anthology that is sent out to agents and editors around the country. So it is an amazing opportunity to showcase your work.

You can find all the details here, if you are interested, and here is a link to all the other finalists– lovely people, one and all.


Would you believe it…!

So, you know how I mentioned I had been accepted to appear on The Hook! at the SCBWI conference in Winchester? Well, the conference took place a couple of weeks ago and I did indeed do The Hook! and, amazingly, I won!

I’m so proud of myself. I’ve always had a thing about public speaking and it has put me off doing all sorts of things, but I actually did it this time. I was terrified – shook all the way through – but I did it! And I think I’m happier about that than actually winning!

I know that’s a bit mad, because a fabulous agent, Amber Caraveo of Skylark Literary, is now going to read Hagstone and give me feedback on it, and that will be invaluable. In truth I’m very excited about it, and it’s all systems go here, as I try and polish the book before I send it to her.

I’m also very grateful for all the support that I got from fellow SCBWI’s, especially from those in Scotland. Tips, practice, hugs – you name it, they supplied it. Even the photo above… Elizabeth Frattaroli, thank you!

Thank you, all.

The Hook

Something big has happened. And it’s scary too!

I finished the second draft of my new story a short while ago and, as I was going down to the SCBWI conference in November anyway, I thought I might as well enter it into The Hook – a Dragon’s Den type event that involves live-pitching your book in front of agents and an audience.

I was chosen! I’m one of the four due to take the stage on 2nd November.

Yahoo and arghh!

Anyone who knows me, knows that public speaking is not my forte, so this is a massive step for me. But self-promotion and events seem to be obligatory for published authors, so if I can do this, then hopefully it will stand me in good stead in the future. That’s the plan anyway.

And you never know – one of the agents might like my book. Fingers crossed. On all counts…