And so after weeks of annoyingly vague Facebook and twitter status’ of secretive meetings in London (sorry about that!!!), I can announce my big news!
I have signed with wonderful agents Peters, Fraser and Dunlop and I am writing a book!!!
Since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of being a writer. This was squashed out of me when my English teacher at school told me I would fail all my exams and would never be a writer. (I went and told her my great GCSE results grinning, thinking she would congratulate me. She didn’t.)
My self belief and confidence took a battering when I became a teenage mum, I became convinced that everyone looked down on me and that the teachers at school would be laughing “I told you so” to one another. As my friends went on to University, my life became a never ending cycle of nappies, feeding and sleepless nights. With a husband who worked away for nine months a year and three kids under 5, my career choices felt extremely limited. I also LOVED being a stay at home mum when my bambinos were little and so the dreams of being an author drifted further and further away.
The success of this blog has astounded me and pushed me forward, it gave me the confidence to put myself out there and through the help of friends I met with the bloody brilliant Nelle Andrew, who after a few meetings decided she would like to represent me and took me on as a client! I am blown away, I can’t believe that I am getting this opportunity and I will grab it firmly with both hands!!
So what next? My book proposal is being edited, rearranged and critiqued by Nelle and I am working my socks off to perfect it before we start sending it off to publishers. Really excitingly, there are a couple of publishers already VERY interested and so life as an author begins!
Peters, Fraser and Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London and I am thrilled to be working with both Nelle as a literary agent but also the Media and Public Speaking departments and so I hope that the So Bad Ass message will spread wide and far and that I can make a real difference. (I think TV needs more bolshy, northern, plus size bad asses, don’t you?!!)
I want to thank you all so much for your support, love and messages. The reason I write is to make a difference and to help others and the book will be an extension of this, I can’t give too much away right now but it will be a book about love, kindness and battles and it will be dedicated to every one of you that are So Bad Ass.
Love Sam xxxxx