My book deal moment completely took me by surprise, because days before Carina UK told me they wanted to publish my books, I decided to stop writing.
When I started writing my goal wasn’t simply to get a book published, it was to get my book published, and that book was How Not to be Starstruck. After years of working in the music industry and touring with bands, I decided a fictional novel would be the best way tell my real stories in an anonymous way. So I wrote How Not to be Starstruck and sent it for a few agents, and they all seemed to be of the same opinion. They told me that they liked my writing but that publishers didn’t like books about the music industry, and these people worked in the book industry so that was good enough for me. I had almost forgotten about submitting to Carina UK, so when the email came through from them – a publisher – I knew it was going to be a rejection. I opened that email without a hope in the world, so it was all the more amazing to hear that they wanted to publish not one, but all three of my books: Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place, How Not to be Starstruck and a third book that isn’t about the music industry.
Every inch the groupie people tease me for being, I was actually cuddled up with a rockstar of my own when the email came through. It was a great night for celebrating, and we did so with cake. Well, alcohol is fairly standard on tour anyway.
More info on Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place
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