Today, I feel even luckier to be signing my first book contract through Danielle, with the amazing Xoum Publishing. (YAY!)
Which leads me to my next question…
Do you need a literary agent?
I sure did!
There’s a lot of discussion about how to get a literary agent and whether having an agent is a necessary thing for an author, especially in Australia.
Well, in my case, I can officially say YES. I think it’s a fabulous thing. And having Danielle on my team certainly helped this book find the right publisher.
Here’s how it went down:
I emailed Danielle for the first time. We’d never met, but I’d heard her name and liked her style. I sent her an intro-to-me email and a book idea I’d been brewing for a while. It was a non-fiction kids’ book. I thought it was pretty cool (I still do :-)).
Danielle responded with an “I’m intrigued.” She asked for a more detailed pitch, which I provided. She emailed back the next day (!!) to set up a phone conversation. I loved her enthusiasm, passion and humour. And I loved that she only laughed a little bit when I was rendered mostly-speechless after she offered to represent me over the phone.
After lots of lovely discussion and throwing-around-of-ideas, I got stuck into preparing sample pages for what Danielle and I hoped would become our first book project. Exciting times!
And even more exciting! Danielle started talks with the lovely people at Xoum, who are just as thrilled with the book idea as we are. Xoum make gorgeous books and have an innovative in-house designer who makes sure they’re fun to read and visually stimulating. All perfect for this project!
I have a new home! Today! All systems are go. I’ve chatted over the phone with Alice, my new editor, and I’ve started beavering away at more pages and more ideas and more research…
I’m going to sign these contracts, pop them into the post, and get to work! We’re hoping to have everything ready (=a fantabulous, fun book for you to read and gift and read again) some time next year… Hip, Hip, Hooray!!
Let’s go team!!