Ok, so there are a lot of *Squeal!* moments that come with getting your first book published.
Here are mine (so far)...
1) Being announced a winner of the SCBWI/Working Partners Undiscovered Voices Competition
*Squeal!* Someone out there actually likes my writing!
(For your chance to get your children's/YA fiction read by top agents, editors and scouts I simply CANNOT recommend Undiscovered Voices 2012 highly enough - click HERE)
2) Getting signed by a fabulous agent
*Squeal!* Someone who knows what they're talking about actually wants to sign me up!
(btw my lovely agent Jenny Savill is one of the judges of UV 2012)
3) Getting my first publishing contract
*SQUEAL!!* My writing's actually going to become an ACTUAL book? In bookshops? And someone wants to PAY me, too?! Pinch me, quick! Utter dream come true moment!
4) Seeing my book FOR SALE on Amazon!!
*SQUEAL!!* This is really happening!! People are actually pre-ordering!!
And now? Now comes number 5)....
SEEING MY COVER!!
Click here for the synopsis
I have to tell you, I was both extremely nervous and incredibly excited when the attachment finally arrived in my inbox - they say don't judge a book by its cover, but this is the first thing that everyone will see when they pick up my book, if they pick up my book - it could actually make the difference between them picking up the book or going 'meh' and passing by so to me it's absolutely completely vitally important...
So when it came in I actually closed my eyes and crossed my fingers, clicked the attachment, peeked a little bit - and then I (yes, you guessed it!)
I am completely thrilled to bits, and send a huge thank you to everyone at Simon and Schuster - you are utterly fab.
Now please excuse me while I go away and squeal some more!!