Pop the champagne! I have BOOK NEWS!

I've been bursting at the seams to let you all in on some news I've been waiting to be finalised!

I've just signed a two-book publishing contract with Harlequin Australia! 
My debut novel THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE, will be published under Harlequin's MIRA imprint in both print and eBook formats! I've been pinching myself every morning since I found out about the news. It really is a dream come true. 

When I took the initial steps to write the first draft of this book, I didn't really know what I was going to write. Looking back, I think I was waiting for inspiration to fall from a cloud! THE FLORENTINE BRIDGE is the first adult manuscript I wrote and I had no idea where it would take me. Some things have a way of falling into place though, and this book led me down the path of signing with a wonderfully supportive agent and ultimately achieving a childhood dream after receiving multiple offers to publish it.

I enjoyed every minute of writing this book, and had one of those magical experiences most writers wish for where the words and story seem to unfold effortlessly. Admittedly, while the first draft took me six weeks to write, revision took a little while longer!

The team at Harlequin have shown a lot of enthusiasm for my book and I'm really excited to be working with them. Writers dream of people connecting deeply with their work and when we're lucky enough to find those people it really is a wonderful feeling! 

So, while I wait for my editorial notes to come in, I'm currently working on the first draft of what will be my second book. It's not pouring out of me like the first did, but I'm absolutely enjoying the process and the research involved! More to come on that down the track, but like the first, it'll be a book club read that tugs on the heart strings.

While I've been blogging and podcasting and writing about writing for some time now, I've kept fairly quiet about my fiction writing and my journey towards publication. This is mainly because said journey is usually one filled with lots of behind-the-scenes hard work, and a considerable amount of waiting for "things to happen" mixed with moments of cautious optimism followed by excitement and elation.

Many of you who are reading this have watched me take the leap from corporate career to launching a digital parenting magazine, to stepping away from that to pursue my writing more seriously. So thank you to each and every one of you that's taken an interest in my work and words and journey. I really appreciate you all for supporting and encouraging me!

Over the coming months I'll be sharing some of the steps and milestones that have led me to this point. I'll do a bit of a rewind all the way back to what inspired me to write this novel, how I went about the revision process, how I fit the writing in, and how I ended up finding my agent. I'll also share the first thing I did after accepting my publishing offer. Interestingly enough, it didn't involve champagne!

I'd love for you to join in some of the online celebrations! 

Come drop past Facebook to say hello if we aren't connected there already. You can also find me on Twitter and Kimberley and I will also be chatting about my journey to publication in upcoming podcast episodes. 

I'd love for you to join me for the ride as I work on all the steps involved in bringing this book to shelves! 

Until next time,
Vanessa xo