This is the final blog post in a series of three about my road to publication.
In my last post, I shared how I came up with the idea of Quark’s Academy. In 2015 I had the opportunity to pitch my story to agent Alex Adsett at the CYA Conference. I was delighted when Alex invited me to send her the full manuscript. A few months later, I heard from Alex and one of her lovely team members, Maddie Rothwell. AAPS were keen on Quark’s Academy, however the story still needed some development. So – off I went to work more on Quark’s. I was incredibly lucky to have the wonderful editorial feedback from Maddie along the way. (below Alex, me and Maddie).
I had booked in to attend the 2016 CYA Conference – the same conference that I had pitched Quark’s Academy to Alex a year earlier. A few days before the conference, Maddie called me to say AAPS would like to take me on (hooray!). At the conference, I signed the contract and officially joined APPS. Now I had an agent!
I also happened to win first place in the early reader’s category for a different story – Vikings Behaving Badly – it was a truly great day (as you can see from the width of my smile above).
Being represented by AAPS has been completely amazing. Writers tend to focus on the craft of storytelling and all that comes with it. Having someone who barracks for you and who is so knowledgeable that they can handle the many details that is part of publishing a book, has been simply incredible. I’m so grateful Alex and Maddie believed in me and my work from the beginning.
A couple of months after signing with AAPS, I had an offer for Quark’s Academy from Hachette Australia. I signed up with Hachette and started working with the wonderful editor Kate Stevens. (Below me and Kate). Working with Kate has been fantastic. Kate’s editorial feedback, guidance and support has helped develop Quark’s Academy to make it the best story it can be! Kate and I also share a love of cats – the perfect author/editor match.
Quark’s Academy is due for release in August 2017.
I also have a picture book being published with Hachette in April 2018! It’s called Something for Fleur. More on this one soon!!
You can read the first two posts in this series of three here:
- Writing for Children: getting started and writing groups
- Coming up with the idea for Quark’s Academy