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Life Cycle of a Writer: Receiving that Magical News.

Well, since my last update, things have gone ever so slightly crazy. Wonderfully crazy! All in all, it has been  a sparkling six weeks.

On February 14th, I found out that my first novel ‘As Weekends Go’ had been shortlisted in the Choc Lit  and Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.

I’d made the final six!

Cue stupid grins and shrieks aplenty at both Chez Brigden and Romaniac HQ.  It was going to be an extra special Valentine’s Day.

I then discovered I’d made the final two!

Which, naturally, called for fizz and chocolates …   20150314_131337

And THEN … on Saturday March 14th (I’ve decided I rather like the number 14!)  came the official announcement that I’d won the Search for a Star Competition

I can’t describe how elated I felt. Choc Lit would be offering me a contract. As Weekends Go was really going to be published.

It was a mad, mad day – lots of celebratory hugs and loving, supportive messages, both off and online. Mum and Dad came over, bearing choccies and flowers.  I had some fab cards, tweets and emails from family and friends, and messages of welcome from head of Choc Lit, Lyn Vernham, the whole team and the lovely authors.

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I’ll admit that, on the Monday morning,  when I logged on to see a special surprise post from my fantastic Romaniac buddies,  I was  bit of a blubbering Briggy!

More good cheer followed when my older sister treated me to a yummy congratulatory lunch.

 

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And then this week, I saw my first published Press Release. To say I am excited about the future is putting it mildly. I know I’ve said it before, but I truly am thankful for all the love and wise words of support and encouragement I’ve received from everyone, especially Mr B who has been  chief cuddler, co-editor, sounding board, morale booster, tantrum-dodger and counsellor extraordinaire all rolled into one. I will also be eternally grateful to my Romantic Novelists’ Association   New Writers’ Scheme reader, whose suggestions and advice when I originally submitted my novel for critique, were invaluable.

As Weekends Go is a contemporary multi POV tale – three interwoven stories – about two couples and the emotional havoc created during and beyond their eventful weekend clash of agendas, involving a ‘girls only’ trip to York, a Brighton sales conference and a Spanish stag do.

I can’t wait for you to meet the cast.

Thanks again,

Jan  x

 

 

 

 

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25 thoughts on “Life Cycle of a Writer: Receiving that Magical News.

    • Many Thanks, Kirsty. It’s been a lovely welcome. I’m so pleased to be part of the Choc Lit family 🙂

      Jan X

    • lol, Sheryl. Thank you! I’m not sleeping properly at all. Still stupidly grinning and pinching myself 🙂

      Jan X

    • Many Thanks, Anita. Glad you like the title. I hope it stays! I felt when I created it, that it says it all. I really appreciate all your support and good wishes.

      Jan X

  1. Reblogged this on New Romantics 4 and commented:
    Our dear mate, Jan Brigden has found her way through the maze and is going to become a published author. Go Jan

  2. Sorry I’m a bit late coming to the party, Jan. But my congratulations are nonetheless heartfelt for that. I feel like I’ve been with you on this journey and I knew that some agency or publisher would ‘snap you up’. And so they have. Can;t wait to read As Weekends Go – its bound to be a winner.

    • Lizzie, when I think back over all the writerly and non-writerly chats we’ve had, it seems crazy that we haven’t known each other for longer. You’ve been an absolute star. Ever-supportive and encouraging. Thank you! 🙂

      Jan X

    • Anne, thank you so much for your lovely comments and good wishes. I hope when it comes out later this year, that you enjoy it 🙂

      Jan X

    • Thank you, Ade! Your support, wise words and encouragement have been such a massive help to me. I’m so excited! 🙂

      Jan X

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