By alisonroseknight, Jun 4 2016 12:11PM
When I pitched my YA book, Rosie Goes to War, to Hazel Cushion of Accent Press in July 2014 I was a hopeful but unpublished writer. Thankfully, Hazel and Editor Cat Camacho both loved it and wanted to see what else I’d written. I soon had a three book deal with Accent Press. I was finally going to be published!
Despite being the first book I pitched, Rosie Goes to War is the last of those three books to hit the shelves. Accent decided they wanted it to be part of their new YA launch at the London Book Fair 2016. It was a long time to wait, but the upside of this means that it is a paperback launch, rather than an ebook with print on demand. And before the publication date of 14th April, W.H. Smith had ordered 1,500 copies!
The launch itself was a great experience. The London Book Fair is a big, noisy, overwhelming space. Everywhere I looked were books, and people doing deals to buy and sell those books to readers all over the world. There were big publishers, independent publishers, foreign publishers and self-publishers. At their stands they greeted authors, agents and book buyers. The buzz of competition and commerce hummed throughout the great halls of Olympia, and in quiet corners people came together to sit and recharge their batteries, and make notes in readiness for their next foray into the madness of London Book Fair.
At the Accent Press stand, I met fellow authors and YA bloggers who have been helping Accent Press produce the best new YA stories for their range. And there it was – MY BOOK! I have to confess, I spent a lot of my time at London Book Fair holding and stroking a copy of Rosie Goes to War. I was so thrilled to see it in print at last, with such a beautiful cover, that I couldn’t put it down.
So now Rosie Goes to War is at last out there for everyone to see. Readers can follow Rosie back to 1940 and witness her adventures. The waiting is over, and now the waiting begins. What will people think? Will they love it as much as I loved writing it? I’m sitting here with bated breath, wondering what the first reviews will say.
In the meantime, a writer’s work is never done, and I’m back at the keyboard – this time Rosie is heading for Victorian London – and the adventure begins again…