Tuesday, 18 December 2018

My Writing Year 2018

Today, as tradition requires, I shall be looking back at all the lovely things (writing and otherwise) that I've done during 2018. Huge thanks, as always, to everyone who has travelled this journey with me.

January - I started the year with the usual teacakes and goal setting with writing chum, Tracy Fells, and I shall be posting how I got on with them after Christmas. I rejoined the RNA New Writers' Scheme. I started submitting my novel to agents. My first guest of the year was Amanda Brittany.

February - This month's guest was Rosemary Goodacre.

March -  Went to the Write By the Beach Conference in Brighton.

April - Had a wonderful few days in Mallorca. Natalie Kleinman was this month's guest. 

May - Submitted my manuscript to Bookouture. Elaine Everest was my guest. I had a week in the fabulous Lake District. Had an email from Bookouture editor requesting a phone call!

June - Angela Petch was my guest. Attended Cream of Crime talk (Mark Billingham, Erin Kelly, Sarah Hilary and William Shaw) at Steyning Festival. Attended the Audiobook Secrets event at Horsham Library (interview with Katerina Diamond and Antonia Beamish) as part of the Love Audio week, where I tried my hand at narrating! My first novel, The Book of Memories' made the top five of the Write Here Write Now novel competition run by Darley Anderson Literary Agency/Simon and Schuster. Biggest news of the year: I was offered a two-book contact with Bookouture. Started writing book two in contract.

July - My guests this month were Deirdre Palmer and Vivien Hampshire. Had some author photos taken. Went on a lovely canal boat holiday. Started structural edits on book one.

August - Bookouture announced my book acquisition. Samantha Tonge was this month's lovely guest. Started line edits on book one.

September - Was told that my first novel will be made into an audiobook. Had a wonderful holiday on the Greek island of Meganissi.

October - I co-hosted the first ever live author Q&A on Twitter for The People's Friend. Attended an evening with Elly Griffiths at the Gluck Studio.

November -  Had a week in La Gomera. Travelled to London for dinner with my Bookouture editor, Jennifer Hunt. Attended the RNA Winter Party.

December - Started my copy edits for book one. My final guest of the year was Kate Helm (Harrison).

All in all, it's been a very momentous year. The highlight being my two-book deal with Bookouture. 2019 will be even more exciting as it will see the publication of my two psychological thrillers. It's been a long time coming so bring it on!

I hope you've all had an equally productive year and thank you for your support.


  1. WOW what an incredible year it's been for you, Wendy. Can't wait to set our new goals in January. I think 2019 is going to be even better for you & I can't wait for the Bookouture novel to be launched.

    1. Thank you, Tracy. I have a feeling 2019 will be exciting for us both 😀 x

  2. A lovely year. Congratulations.

  3. Busy year for you and I'm proud to be in the Bookouture family with you too. Thanks for letting me be your guest and I wish you all the luck and writing inspiration in the world. Bring on 2019. Happy Christmas, Wendy!

  4. Congratulations on your well deserved successes; you've worked hard and can enjoy it.

    Have a lovely Christmas and lots of wonderful moments to follow in 2019. x

  5. Congratulations, Wendy! All good things for 2019 too!

  6. Wishing you more success in 2019, Wendy.

  7. You've had a productive and successful year, Wendy, and here's to the next one.

  8. What a fabulous year, Wendy. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and lots of rest before the excitement starts next year!

  9. What a great year! I hope 2019 is just as good.