Nicola's been such an inspiration to me. Back in the day when I was flopping about in a sea of rejections and had only just begun to discover blogs, I happened across one that gave such practical, clear and forthright advice I was hooked: Help! I Need a Publisher. I read each post eagerly, trying to soak up every little bit of Crabbit Bat wisdom. When I finally signed a contract to publish my non-fiction, I sent Nicola a thank-you email for all the help she'd given me -- and others -- through her blog. And she responded, inviting me onto her blog as a Blog Baby! I was truly honoured. It was there I met now-blogging-buddy Karen Jones Gowen, who won a copy of my book.
I've met up with Nicola a few times since. I have to say she's anything but Crabbit and has proven herself very adept at ham-eating and salad-sharing. With several zillion books published and her latest novel Wasted receiving critical acclaim, if anyone's qualified to give writers advice on how to be published, it's her!
Right, I must go pick out my shoes... but before I go, a quick apology for falling down slightly on blog commenting the past couple days. My wrists are hurting -- my body's way of telling me to STOP TYPING! And when my body speaks, I'm afraid I must listen. I hope taking a break tonight will mean I'll be back in full action soon.