Writer stepping up
firstname.lastname@example.org In a studio apartment on a quiet street in Matamata, a historical romance writer works on her masterpiece.
Being chained to her computer for 12 hours plus a day and living what can only be described as a “writer’s life” is something Nicola Davidson knows all too well.
That commitment to her “baby” has paid off with Nicola recently signing with global agency Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (DGLM).
Based in New York, DGLM has acted as agents for many successful authors including United States president Barack Obama.
Top agents receive upwards of 10,000 queries each year and DGLM takes on less than one per cent of submissions received.
“I’m totally thrilled and almost have to pinch myself,” Nicola said.
Yesterday the DGLM fall (autumn) newsletter was sent out to 2000 editors, publishers, scouts and movie industry members with a profile about her first book Something Scandalous, a Regency-set historical romance.
From here she hopes Something Scandalous will be picked up by a publishing house.
This is a dream come true for Nicola who has suffered her fair share of knock backs since she left a high-flying communications job back in 2010 to embark on this journey. She has rewritten the 85,000 word novel five times while learning and honing the craft of writing fiction.
“It’s a constantly evolving process,” she said. “Some things you do instinctively, while others take time to become second nature. I’m still quite bad with ‘was’ and ‘that’. Thank goodness for the search and highlight function! But while the writing and technical aspects have changed, at the heart of it is still the story that just wouldn’t get out of my head.”
By October 2010 she had been named as a finalist in Romance Writers of New Zealand Strictly Single competition, and in January 2011, Nicola received the news that she had won the Agent’s Choice section. Then, further accolades started rolling in. In June 2011 she was a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Beau Monde Royal Ascot competition (only for Regencyset romances).
Two months later she gained a Highly Commended in the RWNZ Clendon Award.
Nicola is working on book two, which is called To Love a Hellion.
She is hoping to complete a series of six books.
Behind every successful writer is a great support network and Nicola said she would not have been able to pursue her passion without the help of her parents Murray and Annette.
“They have been amazing, backing me from the get-go. But then I first wrote short stories at primary school so I guess they always knew writing was my thing,” Nicola said.
For those struggling to take the leap and pursue their passions, Nicola has two pieces of advice.
“If you want to succeed putting in the hard yards is vital,” she said.
“Dream huge and every day do something that gets you one step closer.”
To follow Nicola’s progress search Nicola Davidson-Author on Facebook.
Passionate: Writer Nicola Davidson at home.