The message from London (England) came at 7am right when I was about to step out the door to go take my first science exam in 15 years. I was pumped on nervousness and I did a final e-mail check before I left. There was a message from Conville & Walsh agency in my inbox. The email said that I had won runner-up in their ‘Word of Mouth Prize’ and they wanted to offer me representation for my first novel.
To be honest I didn’t think it was real. I didn’t actually remember entering the competition.
I read the e-mail again.
Then I looked at Ben and started laughing. Then I cried and laughed at the same time.
I shoved my iPad into his hands and said: ‘read this…is it real?’
There wasn’t time for much celebration before I hauled myself out the door to write my science exam (which I totally nailed BTW).
So that is how I came to work with the absolutely lovely and fabulous Carrie Plitt of Conville & Walsh in London. I’m so excited about the agency, Carrie, and the future of my career now that I have such a wonderful champion for my work. I look forward to working with Carrie to bring my books to the world and I’m sure we will have a long and awesome relationship.