Having enjoyed the buzz of being in the last three of a big competition, I'm now able to get on with stage 2. The editor of Mslexia called to congratulate me on the book and to pass on the news that an agent would like to have a look at the book. So I duly rewrote and rewrote the synopsis, agonised over a query letter, checked every comma and full stop in the first five chapters and sent it off. Naturally, I gave it a quick kiss for good luck (but who doesn't?).
Having done so, I put together another synopsis (they all want something different) for a publisher who has expressed some interest in the book, and sent that off by email (less kissing).
My book is now officially out in the world. My daughter has just left home and it feels rather similar. I probably won't take it so personally if she is rejected.