Thursday, June 28, 2012

Good news

Well, I didn't win the Novelicious competition (flicks away a tear) but thank you everyone who took the time to comment and vote for me, and congratulations to the winners (she says through gritted teeth.) 

No, I mean it - the standard was high and I wouldn't be at all surprised if some deals are struck in the not too distant future.

On the plus side  ... whispers ... I have a lovely new agent!   I submitted my second novel - part of my German deal - a few months back and tried to forget about it.  It attracted interest, I completed some edits, and on Tuesday was offered representation.  Tiny squeal.

The contract arrived today and I'm meeting her in London next Wednesday.

I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but feel like a very lucky lady indeed.

In other news - I've mastered the hula-hoop to the point where I can do it for half an hour ... without even noticing.  It's not even like proper exercise, but my waist has shrunk and I've got a six-pack.

Okay that last bit's a lie, but I wouldn't want one anyway.  I might be tempted to keep showing it off, and start parading around in a crop top without my cardi.  In the library.

Which wouldn't do at all.


Sue Blackburn said...

Oh many, many congratulations Karen. A new agent. What wonderful news. You so deserve it.
Bad luck on Novelicious but just make sure you finish what you started. I can't stand the withdrawal symptoms much longer!!
The very best of luck with all your projects in the future :o) xx

Kath said...

That's wonderful news about the new agent, Karen. You must be so excited! xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What great news about the agent - and that more than make up for not winning the comp! I'm really impressed with the hula hooping - wonder where I could get one!

womagwriter said...

Wow, well done about the hula-hooping! You must be over the moon!

Such great news!

Oh, and the new agent? That's kinda cool, too. :-)

Jen said...

A new agent is completely ace - you must be so thrilled. Really pleased for you, yay!

Bit impressed about the hula hooping too. But don't forget that this is England : keep that cardi buttoned up at all times.


Pat Posner said...

Fantastic news about the new agent, Karen.
All I'll say about the hula hoop is... I'm jealous you can do it. I never could even when I was 'in me youth'.

Rebecca Alexander said...

Congratulations! Hopefully, the new collaboration will produce a UK contract. Let us know!!!

Patsy said...

Fantastic news, Karen - congratulations.

Lorna F said...

Excellent news, Karen! Good luck with the new agent xx

Colette McCormick said...

Well done and good luck

Jenny Beattie said...

Brilliant news (the agent, silly but the hula hoop is great too.) Congratulations.

Amanda said...


liz fenwick said...

Wonderful news!!! Huge congrats!

Librarian said...

Both great news - congratulations about the new agent and your hula hoop skill :-)

Caroline said...

FANTASTIC news! You must be over the moon. Have a great day in London (and make sure the agent pays for lunch hehe) Caroline x

Anonymous said...

I rather like women with six-packs*.

Bad luck with the competition but very well done with your novels and getting a new agent. I'm sure you know this already, but it might be a good idea to get your contract checked over by the SoA.

* Actual six-packs, that is. Of beer.

Anna May said...

WoopWoop (or should that be HoopHoop) to your terrific news! WELL DONE.

Anna May x

Louise said...

Congratulations, hope you have lots of success with your new agent.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new agent and your book deal in Germany! I am also going to be published in Germany first - still looking for that elusive UK deal.

Diane Fordham said...

Woo Hoo that is fantastic news Karen. Well done! Wishing you all the best. x

Anonymous said...

Well done Clarkey :)))) Tommox

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Brilliant news and so very well deserved too. Congratulations! *skips, claps and cheers* x

Dolores Doolittle said...

Huge congratulations on new agent!Have a terrific & productive meeting on Wed.

And a half-hour hula-hooping is astonishing! I'm very proud of two and a half occasional twirls - most of the time it's on standby with mini-trampoline...

Jaxbee said...

Congratulations Karen, that must be just the best feeling! I've just found your blog and judging by that, I'd say the agent catching is richly deserved. Just off to find the hoola hoop that lives in the study and is most often to be found wedged between the hoover and a stack of old picture frames from ebay which might-come-in-useful-one-day.
Go celebrate!

Jean said...

Delighted to hear you've got an agent. Congratulations! And well done with the hula hoop.

Anonymous said...

Thrilled for you, Karen, congratulations!
Camilla x

Anna Scott Graham said...

Lovely news all around!

Anonymous said...

Ohhh, that's exciting. Good luck.xx

Suzanne Jones said...

Fantastic news about the agent - congratulations, Karen.

And well done on the hula hooping. I used to be great at it - but the talent has disappeared at a rate inversely proportional to my growing waist.



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