Eighteen months since HarperVoyager opened a two-week window for unagented authors to submit their novels; seven years since I hopefully started sending out my novel to publishers and agents; forty-odd years since I started reading and discovered countless new worlds thanks to the imagination of others.
Whatever number you go for, the result is the same: the dream has come true. the good people of HarperVoyager have signed me up on a three-book deal to publish the Seeds of Destiny trilogy as e-books with the first, Hero Born, available from September 2014 (although - hint, hint - it will be available for pre-order before then; I'll let you know when, have no fear!).
To say I am delighted, overwhelmed, nervous and (bizarrely) simultaneously proud and self-conscious is an understatement. I want to tell the world incessantly but, when I do, it is in that West of Scotland way of playing it down.
But however I say it, and however I feel, it has happened. And that is the important thing: the dream has come true. For every aspiring storyteller out there, that is the message: life and many of the people inhabiting it will throw crap at your dream, but if mine can come true, so can yours. So keep dreaming your stories, and keep dreaming that someone will like them enough to put them out there.
Of course, the best and, to be honest, the only valid way to prove that this is possible is to buy my book. This applies to anyone. If you want to have any credibility at all as a reader/writer/blogger/reviewer/human being in general, you really have no choice in the matter. It's the law, you know.