I woke up this morning (yes, I know that's not how you're supposed to start) to find myself on the shortlist for the Exeter Novel Prize. Someone I haven't met yet likes my novel! As a debut novelist, that feels like a huge affirmation.
My lovely writing friends give me good, honest (I hope) critique, but somehow once people are inside your circle, as it were, you can do this weird trick of discounting the nice things they say. And I know that's not just me. It's not even just about writing. So it's really, really good to get this feedback. And great incentive to get this website up and running. It's about time...