Writer step­ping up

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

mata­mata.ed­i­tor@wrcn.co.nz 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.

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