Next steps!

We’re not even out of the second month of 2015, and for me, it’s been going pretty well. I would say for us, but Mr Aimee hasn’t had the best couple of months, what with losing his wedding ring in January and then skidding his car on ice and it taking a week to fix in February. I must admit, the car thing shouldn’t have made me smile, but they gave him a boy racer lime green, lowered, courtesy car, which made me smile every time he got into it!

For me though, I’m feeling like a different person. I’m sure it’s mainly down to a combination things, but I can’t deny it’s been totally topped off by the thrilling news that I’ve signed a publishing deal with Velvet Morning Press – a boutique publishers which I think are going to be the perfect fit for me and most importantly Dottie.

I never expected Dottie to achieve anything, you know. Apart from that little tingle you get when you press publish then wait for it to go viral, the pessimistic side of me didn’t expect anything from her. I did her an injustice I guess, I couldn’t believe it when people started to like her. My one-off novella – which I was terrified would be considered naff – helped people get to know her fast, and discover that yes, she’s a total ditz, but she’s loveable and funny too.

So what’s going to happen? Well, it’s all rather exciting. First of all Dottie is going have a break and while she’s away she’s going to have a little revamp.

The thing with a publishing contract is that people assume that you’re instantly loaded. That’s not surprising really, you hear all about film rights, and see authors making £££ on the TV, but it doesn’t instantly happen over night. Well. Not often anyway.

But that doesn’t bother me. VMP make it very clear that their goal is to discover new writing talent and launch their careers. TALENT! ME! Which is just what I need.

The bit I’m most excited about is not going it alone anymore. Producing a book is tough going. Most of you reading this are probably fully aware of this, because whether you’re at the beginning, middle or end of the novel writing process, it’s tough. But what’s more tough is putting it out there. Putting your heart and soul on the line and waiting for people to read and feedback. Yes I know other people have read it before the button has been pressed, but it doesn’t make it any less scary, and being the one to press the button, well even typing about pressing the button makes me feel sick.

So now I have people who do this for a living. The editing, jiggling, producing covers, pressing the button and shouting about it. That’s what they do. And they’re going to do it for me. So while I’m still a bit scared of what you’ll think of the next Dottie, I’m excited, because all I can think is that she’s going to be back bigger and better. Starting with Survival of the Ginnest in the spring, and Mothers Ruined later in the year.

2015 is going to be blooming exciting and I can’t wait, so make sure you follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page to get regular updates – which may also include parenting woes, alcohol and my seriously good procrastination skillZ.

Muddled Manuscript


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  1. Maddy@writingbubble

    SO excited and thrilled for you (still!)! It’s really fab and totally gives me a lift and makes me feel dreams can come true (with a little help from hard work and talent of course). BRILLIANT! 2015 really is going to be a fabulous year for you. Congratulations! Oh and can I have an invite to the premier when Dottie is made into a film? xxx

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  2. Emily Organ

    Congratulations again Aimee! And you’re right, self publishing is SO LONELY. You’re responsible for everything. I’m lucky to have found some lovely cover designers and (finally) a lovely editor too. The first editor I worked with was a wash out which didn’t help my confidence. The very best of luck with your contract and looking forward to seeing how 2015 goes for you xx

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  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Huge congratulations, that is fantastic news, and very exciting! Look forward to updates… It must be such a wonderful feeling to know that people are going to be helping now, that you’re not on your own. Fabulous stuff! #whatimwriting

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      Thanks Nicola! It is always lovely to hear success stories from everyone who tries so hard at an industry that’s so tough but addictive x

  4. Angela Zemp

    I know what you mean about feeling sick. I sometimes feel sick and I haven’t even finished mine yet! Btw I think my (anti) heroine, Millicent,(Millie)would be great Gin Buddies with your Dottie. Millie is also a ‘Ditz’, but she thinks she’s a brilliant executive & can-do-it-all mum of two!

    Where can I read ‘Survival of the Ginnest’and ‘Mothers Ruined’? They actually sound like books I’d enjoy reading. And it gives me the perfect excuse NOT to get on with writing! 😉

    Many congrats again,

    Raising my vodka glass to you! (I’m more of a voddy girl!)

    The Hedgehog (AZ on facebook) x

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