In which I clear my throat and offer an announcement

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That was the throat clearing. Here’s the announcement.

I am absolutely beyond delighted to announce that I have signed a contract with Choc Lit Lite to publish my first novel. I’m ecstatic to have signed with Choc Lit – they’re a really forward-looking exciting publisher, with a really good reputation for working with their authors and developing new talent. Waaaaaaah!

Obviously I’m a teensy bit excited about becoming a published author, but at the moment the whole thing feels utterly unreal. Fortunately I’ve just spent the weekend at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference where there were lots of other published Choc Lit authors I was able to poke to check that they were really really real. After they’d got over the poking we even took a big group photo.

In which I appear to be a giant
(taken by Lizzie Lamb)

We don’t seem to have all managed to look at the same camera in this one, and I do appear to be quite huge – there’s a learning point there about not standing at the front when having your photo taken with thin people – but nonetheless it’s a Choc Lit Authors picture and I’m in it! Huzzah!

At this point I do need to thank just a couple of people. You have three choices about how to read this next bit. You can: a) take a very deep breath and just rattle through it as quickly as possible; b) do the full-Gwyneth and read the whole thing aloud with appropriate sobbing; c) scan quickly for your own name and ignore the rest. If your name isn’t there, it’s because I’m stupid and I’ve messed up and missed you out – unless I’ve never met, emailed, tweeted, written, phoned, texted or spoken to you in my life, in which case, seriously, what were you expecting?

So, in no particular order, thank-you to all of the following who have helped, supported, not ridiculed my attempts to do writing…

Deborah Catesby, Dawn Hudd, Holly Magill, Candi Miller, Tamara Bolger, Anne Milton, Lisa Bodenham, Kate Johnson, Julie Cohen, everyone who I’ve been on one of Julie Cohen’s lovely writing courses with, everyone I’ve ever taught on a creative writing course, the entirety of the RNA but particularly Melanie Hilton and the NWS readers, Helen Harron, my mum and dad (if you’re reading this in Gwyneth style you probably need to weep a bit here), the Choc Lit Tasting Panel, everyone else at Choc Lit, Tim Butler, Tony Judge, Dunstan Power, Clive Eardley, Taliah Drayak, Polly Robinson, all the RNA Conference speakers for the last 3 years (every last one of them), Katie Fforde, Greg Mosse, Kate Hill, Deema Davidson, Rich Badley, Eva Cubero, Isabel Phillips, all the lovely writers and readers on Twitter, the RNA Birmingham Chapter, everyone who has let me play at being a writer on their blog – a big hand for Nikki Goodman and the Write Romantics, everyone I’ve got pished near in an RNA kitchen – I’m looking at you Immi Howson, Jane Lovering, Ruth Long, Jules Wake, Talli Roland, Sarah Callejo, Jane Tranter, Denise Deegan, Colette Caddle, Brigid Coady and others too numerous and fabulous to list – and finally EngineerBoy for his most excellent services to engineering and mortgage paying, while I work the whole penniless writer vibe. Thank you all. Some of you will know how you helped. Some of you won’t ever read this or even know who I am, but thank you all the same.

Right. Gushing over. Time to get bum on seat, fingers on keyboard and actually do this writing lark for real. I’ll be back to the blog tomorrow to tell you all about what happened at the RNA Conference this year. Be warned – it will almost certainly involve pictures of shoes.


22 thoughts on “In which I clear my throat and offer an announcement

    hollyannegetspoetic said:
    July 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I’m still overexcited about this!


    susanjanejones said:
    July 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Well done Alison, and I think you all look lovely.


      alisonmay responded:
      July 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you. We’re all in our gala dinner finery in the pic- we scrubbed up ok didn’t we?


    strangelybzar said:
    July 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations, Alison 🙂 Wasn’t it a fab conference?
    Laura xx


    Angela Britnell said:
    July 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Congratulations and welcome to the Choc Lit fold! Look forward to hearing more about your writing.


      alisonmay responded:
      July 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Angela. So excited to be on board.


    liz fenwick said:
    July 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Yay!!!! So thrilled for you! lx


    Polly Robinson said:
    July 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Congratulations ~ wonderful news 🙂


    jfishler08 said:
    July 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Gush away, I don’t blame you one bit; I’d be doing same! I just wanted to say thanks for sharing the excitement, I have lovely butterflies – for you – in my tummy!


    Nikki Goodman (@NikkiGoodman1) said:
    July 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for the thanks!There’s really no need.
    I was so thriled to hear your news at the conference.Choc Lit are fab and I know you’ll do brilliantly.So pleased to hear of another NWS graduate.


    Ruth Frances Long said:
    July 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Fabulous news! Congratulations!!!


    Jules Wake said:
    July 15, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    You did stand next to the smallest person at the conference!
    Well done you & huge congrats looking forward to reading your ‘published’ novel … still getting a kick out of saying ‘my publisher’.
    We can say ‘our publisher’ together!


    annishall said:
    July 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    HOORAY!!!!! (and yes, in caps because I am SHOUTING!!) – so exciting. Congratulations xxxx


    alisonmay responded:
    July 16, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Ooooh – thank you all for the lovely comments. I’m so so excited. Like Jules, I’m getting a tremendous buzz out of saying “my publisher” at the moment!


    Jan Preston said:
    July 16, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Still so excited with your news, and you looked lovely at the gala dinner! Don’t forget your friends in the Birmingham chapter now you’re a published author! xx


      alisonmay responded:
      July 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Not published yet! Just contracted. Don’t worry – I’m definitely still a Birmingham Chapter girl. I’ve not been able to get to a meeting for ages, so really looking forward to the August one 🙂 x


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    Jude Roust said:
    July 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Absolutely thrilled for you. You deserve it, and I can’t wait to read your novel. xxx


      alisonmay responded:
      July 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Jude. Am so excited, and completely overwhelmed by all the congratulations and good wishes x


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    Vikki Thompson said:
    July 19, 2013 at 10:38 am




    Taliah Drayak said:
    October 6, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I know this is terribly late, but way to go Alison! You have so much talent and I can’t wait to read your book. So so happy for you!


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