Updated: Sep 27, 2021
Finding out that I'd been selected as one of eight mentees for the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency's 2021 Mentorship programme was probably one of the most surreal moments of my career as a writer so far.
In fact, when I got the e-mail, I was in the middle of sanding a bench, so had a power sander in one hand, and had to use the other to take off my googles (safety comes first, people) in order to read it.
Like most writers, I've had more rejections than you can shake a stick at, and I tend to approach competitions with the mindset that it's good to put work in for things, but that I probably also won't get anywhere with them. So when I heard that the excerpt I'd sent in from my YA novel Dys had been selected from more than 1500 submissions, it was the most amazing news. I think it might even have cried (having put the sander down first, of course).
I'm delighted to be working with Chloe Seager, my new agent at Madeleine Milburn, who has all sorts of exciting ideas for Dys and its examination of the dangers of social media and our increasing reliance on the online world.
You can read the full press release, which appeared on various sites including The Bookseller, here. Good luck to the other mentees, who I can't wait to meet! Let's get some amazing books out there!