Good news alert… very good news alert

What better way to begin the New Year than to be able to tell you all my news. I have a book deal with Hachette Books Ireland for my memoir! I’ve wanted to shout this from the rooftops for the past month but I had to wait for official sanction.

A large dose of gratitude is due to my agent, Faith O Grady from Lisa Richards Agency, who believed in my writing and Ciara Considine of Hachette Books Ireland, who championed my memoir.

I can still hardly believe that this time next year I will be a published writer. As mine is not a work of fiction I admit to being a little daunted, but overall I’m thrilled beyond measure. Of course it is bittersweet to be sharing this news with you, yet not able to pick up the phone and chat with my mum about it. However, I’m sure she would be delighted for me.

I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to all who have encouraged me over the past few writing years and to those who have lived my memoir with me.  I couldn’t have got here without you.  I’m not over the line yet as the book is still unfinished, so I’m hopeful you will continue to be as supportive as you have always been, even if I disappear for a while into my writing cave.

Imagine, this time next year…


43 thoughts on “Good news alert… very good news alert

      1. and don’t let go. will I still be able to hang with you when you are a big-time author? (p.s. one of my goals, to get into the Erma Bombeck writer’s conference is done, I’m in!). you are my inspiration

        1. Wow Beth that is wonderful. Let me know what it is like. When is it on? Funny how we all need a little push to help us on our way. I don’t think I’d be here only for my online colleagues, such as yourself, encouraging me in the early days.

        1. Fortunately, with terror, comes adrenalin. I’m so excited for you. How awesome would it be if I HAD to come to Ireland for a book signing of yours???? I would you know. 🙂

  1. I wish they had an I LOVE THIS button!!!! Congratulations, this is so awesome!!! I can’t wait to be able to read it. You are so very brave and I am in awe of you! I have not worked on my memoir in a number of years. I need to stop procrastinating and work on it some more. I had been writing it in chronological order and that one little piece when I was a teenager has me stopped in my tracks, I just need to get over the fact that I might never have all the answers I want and skip on ahead.

    1. Thanks so much Charlene. There is one part I’ve yet to write which I’m not sure I can and another part I never will but I’m ok with that.
      I don’t feel brave as life is easy now, but like you and many others, back then we were brave. I just feel it’s time to tell my story as no one else can. Whatever you do be proud, whether it’s on paper or not, your life is a celebration of living not surviving.

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