Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - STYLE NOTEBOOK -

AN­N­MARIE O’CON­NOR Au­thor, The Happy Closet The mo­ment I re­alised I was mak­ing it in my dream ca­reer was when I got my book deal for The Happy Closet. It had pre­vi­ously been re­jected by sev­eral pub­lish­ers and agents who couldn’t get be­hind the con­cept of mind­ful­ness and fash­ion.

When the last re­jec­tion didn’t phase me (the oth­ers were like crazy sucker

punches), I knew I was on to some­thing. The Happy Closet and its mes­sage al­most felt big­ger than me. The next email pitch I sent was to Gill Books, who agreed to meet me to dis­cuss my pro­posal. When I dis­cov­ered they wanted to pub­lish the book, it was such a crown­ing mo­ment and val­i­dated both the idea and my de­ter­mi­na­tion to see it through. I’m cur­rently work­ing on my sec­ond book, but that mo­ment is one I’ll never for­get.

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