Have you completed that novel? Are you just putting the finishing touches to your beloved work, ready to query? Here’s where I share my research – a list of independent publishing houses that accept submissions from new writers.
We always have a tin of chocolates stored beneath the tree in our front room at Christmas. On the morning of the 27th Dec, I came downstairs to find the lid slid to one side and the tin empty. Hmm. There had been a good handful of chocolates left when I retired to bed last night. I turned to Bollo who immediately averted his gaze to the stairs. Ahhh! Had someone snuck downstairs and grabbed a midnight treat? But why leave the tin there, lid open and all? I checked the bin for wrappers: nothing. Why dispose of them? It was all very perplexing.
Some people have a fixed idea of their calling from a young age. I never did. I ambled through life, fell upon a career in the civil service, made great friends, met my husband, and holidayed frequently – all endless fun. But there was something missing. To fill the void I took up numerous courses including French, art, law, pottery, personnel management, even sign language.
In April 1999, my husband and I made a decision that was to change my life irrevocably. We decided to take a year out and travel the world. We spent months organising, pouring over travel books to arrange a route, organising flights, selling our house, settling finances, arranging career breaks.