Thursday, 16 November 2017

The RNA Winter Industry Award Party and Me


I went to the library yesterday. Not to borrow some books but to attend the RNA Winter Party and industry awards in London. This delightful venue was in Birdcage Walk and inspirational - being surrounded by books was certainly a fitting way to pass a few hours in the company of other authors.

I went to the party with my good writing friends, Liz Smith (who writes under the name of Liz Eeles) and  Susan Griffin - my partners in crime at this year's conference. To say the evening started eventfully would be an understatement. First, my train ticket wouldn't open the barrier. Luckily, there was a man in a little box (well he wasn't really in the box but that's just the way my brain works) who told me to show my him my ticket. I waved my ticket in front of his face on the screen only for him to say, when he guessed what I was doing, "No, show it to the camera, not my face." It transpired that the barrier hadn't opened was because I'd used my return ticket by mistake.

At last was got on the train - only Liz and I had been talking so much, it was the wrong one!

A change of trains later and we were on track again (excuse the pun) and joined up with Susan for the last leg of our journey... only we weren't out of the woods yet. Our taxi route from Victoria (remember I don't do tubes) came to a halt when we found the roads around St James' park barricaded off. We had to ditch the cab and walk so it was a good job I wasn't wearing my high shoes.

Eventually we arrived. The place was packed, the noise level was high and I stood there feeling, as I always do, slightly overwhelmed. I needn't have worried though as very soon, I spotted someone I knew and from then on the evening went in a whirl.

Me (right) and Kath McG
But it wasn't all socialising. An important part of the evening is the industry award ceremony. Congratulations to all the winners! I was particularly thrilled to learn that the publisher I write for, D C Thomson, was runner up in the category Publisher of the Year. You can find all the winners here.

I'd like to tell you that I was brave enough to introduce myself to Agent of the Year winner Broo Doherty, who has the first three chapters of novel two, and runner up Rebecca Richie who favourited my twitter pitch for novel one in the recent #TellAMH twitter pitch contest and has the first three chapters.... but it didn't happen! One day I'll stop worrying about what people think of me and just do it.

As always, I only managed to speak to half the people I would have liked - but never mind, there's always next time.

In other news, I am delighted to have recently had two sales to The People's Friend and today I found out that novel two has been long-listed in the Flash 500 novel opening and synopsis competition... keep your fingers crossed for me. Congratulations also to writing chum, Tracy Fells, who joins me on the list.

Finally, I'll leave you with a picture of my story in the People's Friend Annual 2018 (which is out now) called Where the River Leads.


17 comments:

  1. Great post! You can hardly tell I'm sucking a cough sweet in that photo!

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    1. Actually, it turned out to be a good photo, Kath 😀

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  2. Great blog post Wendy, it was a fun evening xx

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  3. There's a story there, Wendy. Congratulations on the PF Annual.

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  4. What an eventful journey, Wendy! Glad you had such a great evening and what a shame you didn't introduce yourself to the agents, but I don't think I would have either. Good luck with the 500 comp.

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    1. No wonder I get transport anxiety, Rosemary!

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  5. Glad you had a good time after your 'interesting' journey.

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  6. Glad the temporary diversion didn't derail you, and thanks for sharing the celebrations. ;)

    Congratulations on the story in the PF Annual.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that very bad joke, Carol!

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  7. Had to give it a miss this year but now I feel that I've actually been There!

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    1. Sorry you weren't able to make it this year, Lizzie. Maybe next year.

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  8. Great Blog, Wendy, you're doing fabulously with your writing x

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  9. I enjoyed reading your blog, Wendy. I, too, thought it a fabulous evening. At the next party, though, do introduce yourself to agents. It's a mutual thing - authors need agents (although they're not essential)and agents need authors as that's how they make their money. Good luck!

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