What's special about this scenario is that a month ago all that was in place was a manuscript. A manuscript that had been turned down several times, what's more. And one of the rejection letters from an agent had said that she thought it was unpublishable. To make it even more special, the author was on my MA course with me. For the past ten years she's hung on to her writing. Two books have been written and done the rounds but to no avail. This one, the third, has hit gold. I couldn't be more pleased for her.
What makes Person A persist when Person B gives up? I wish I knew - I'd bottle it and make my fortune! What I do know is that if you give up you have no chance of success. As the ad goes, you've got to be in it to win it.
NEW!!! I've finally got round to organising some course dates....
How to WRITE a Novel: London 3rd May/Birmingham 7th May/
Oxford 8th May/Exeter 21st May/Bath 12th June
How to SELL a Novel: London 24th May/Exeter 4th June/
Bath 3rd July Details are on my website