The helicopters of hope are circling the mountain

Well readers (reader? hubristic assuming more than one?),it’s been an exciting day. First the shortlist for the Sony Reader Award was announced and there’s me on it! (Along with someone who teaches writing for a JOB…but as we all know the underdog always wins, so that’s OK. Think Mighty Ducks, Jamaican bobsled team, Dodgeball).

Then agents started finding ME through cyberspace. Very odd feeling. Must be similar to how kidnappers feel when hostages develop Stockholm Syndrome. Surely they are supposed to be running away, pretending to go out of business, changing name, having plastic surgery a la Face/Off etc? Not wanting to read my scribblings.

But they do, so hurrah! Just like in film, end of Dirty Dancing, uplifting 80s montage, bit in The Social Network where they reach 1 million and are mean to Andrew Garfield, etc.

As I also have a day job I’m luckily kept grounded by more prosaic requests, such as copying a whole pile of DVDs (no, do not work in illegal Chinese DVD factory, don’t worry), adding links to website, and replacing inaccurate hyphens. I’m also for some reason more inkstained than ever before. Is it oozing out of me in excitement?

Today has been a very exciting day and even if nothing comes of all this, the sheer thrill is enough to keep me scribbling, slogging, comma-hunting, looking up how to kill someone with a bottle, jostling for space on the train, etc, for many years to come.

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/132962-unpublished-authors-shortlisted-by-sony.html

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About inkstainsclaire

My first novel THE FALL was published by Headline in 2012, followed by THE LOST (2013) and THE DEAD GROUND (2014). I'd love to hear from you if you are interested in my work or just want to say hello. Or even if you have any good household tips for getting ink out of sofa cushions. I am represented by Diana Beaumont at Rupert Heath.
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3 Responses to The helicopters of hope are circling the mountain

  1. George Green says:

    You’re funny. Best of luck with those agents. You should probably approach any who have a particularly good rep as well I imagine. Love the blog!

  2. Nicola Kim says:

    Hilarious! What an exciting time!
    Good luck.

  3. Martha says:

    Ooh, a happy writing post – brilliant! Well done and good luck. :)

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