Right Royal Mother and the Secret of the Agent

A FEW days away from the closing date for votes in the MAD Blog Awards, I’d like to explain why I have been a little quiet in the last month.

I haven’t stopped writing, I promise. It’s just that since I found out I was a finalist for ‘Best New Blog’, I have also been keeping a sort of secret.


In April, a rather important lady rang. A first-class, in-my-dreams literary agent lady who represents bestselling authors worldwide and who, for fifteen years, through the blizzard of rejection letters and encouraging-but-negative emails, has loitered at the back of my mind as the person I would like to represent me as an author if I had my pick.

Well, now she is.

True to form, it's an infographic! (Sort of).

True to form, it’s an infographic! (Sort of).

She liked Right Royal Mother. So much so, she wanted me to write a book. It was an idea I’d wondered about too, but what structure would work? I perched on the step outside a coffee shop, balancing laptop, latte and phone, making suggestions over my thumping heart and feeling my mind meander away from snot-wipes and breastfeeding as we brainstormed.

We agreed a plan, I wrote the synopsis and I broke it to NW that I would be writing even more than normal. I signed a contract as an AUTHOR(!) and honed nearly 20,000 words between looking after the children and mainlining caffeine. I’ve mainly written between 4am and 6am, which hasn’t done my crow’s feet any good but has strangely made me incredibly chirpy.

So far, I have only told my very closest family. I wanted to be confident my writing was considered good enough for publication you see but, having just finished the first few chapters, my agent seems quite excited and is going to do her best to secure a publishing deal.

Oh, and did I mention I am also a finalist in the UK’s biggest parenting awards for ‘Best New Blog’ (vote please?) Crazy, hey?

spy, secret agent, security

My agent is a bit nicer than this one.

So I KNOW this is just the first step in the long road to getting a publisher but, rather embarrassingly like they do in primary school, I have made myself a certificate for getting this far because even if I don’t win the MADs or get a deal, I feel amazing – and I’ll definitely get to wear a new dress on September 16 at the MAD Awards ceremony, so how cool is that?!

Yes, my hand was wobbling signing this.

Yes, my hand was wobbling signing this.

Thank you so much to EVERYONE, especially my amazing (non-Cambridge) family, brilliant Broo Doherty of the DHH Literary Agency and the blimmin’ genius blogger mates I have made for making the last few months so fab. Congratulations to everyone writing their heart out: after nearly 20 years of scribbling stories through my twenties and thirties on the tube, getting tangled in a web of cyclists as I write crossing Silicon Roundabout, between client meetings and night feeds, starting a blog is one of the best things I have ever done and I know this is the same for so many.

Sorry for being quiet and fingers crossed for a right royal rest of 2016 for everybody. Now, it’s 4.50am so I’d better keep writing.

Polly x

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  1. May 25, 2016 / 10:29 am

    WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Cue excited face and general shrieks from Jersey. Well done lovely, fab news! Remember what we said book tour to Jersey please. 🙂 xxx #bloggerclubuk ps I had no doubt that you would get a book deal!

    • May 25, 2016 / 10:52 am

      Oh, thank you lovely supportive Jersey friend! I have felt so guilty for not being ‘on it’ with social media for ages but had to get the word count in! (And there’s no book deal yet; just an agent. But a bloody good one, so am hoping …) See you next month!! #bloggerclubuk

  2. May 25, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Oh my goooooood!!!!! I’m so happy for you lovely. So well deserved and this news makes me so happy. I can’t wait to hear more ☺️ My other half has been writing like mad on his books over the past year so I know how demanding it can be, but all worth it. Can’t wait to meet you soon, congrats again talented lady xxx

    • May 25, 2016 / 10:54 am

      Oh thank you Bridie – gosh, is your other half a writer? What does he write? It is really demanding but when it’s something you love, it is really brill (except when you get writer’s block). I am so happy you’re happy – fingers crossed something comes of representation but if not, well, I’ve got this far so pretty happy 🙂 xxx

  3. May 25, 2016 / 10:41 am

    aww! congratulations!! you must be so thrilled! what wonderful news! wishing you the best of luck!

    • May 25, 2016 / 10:54 am

      Thank you – yes, I thought about not saying anything at all but it has taken me literally decades to get this far, so I thought, ‘why not?’!

  4. May 25, 2016 / 10:50 am

    That’s absolutely wonderful well done. I can really get a feel of your excitement through this post and rightly so 🙂

    • May 25, 2016 / 11:06 am

      Thanks Claire! Still slightly reeling but luckily have loads of writing and two small children to look after so can’t indulge too much! 🙂 xxx

  5. May 25, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Lovely this is amazing you should be so proud of yourself!!! Well done xxx

    • May 25, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thank you so much Natalie – I know it’s still MILES away from a book deal or anything but it has made me very happy! 🙂 xxx

  6. May 25, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Arrrrrrrggghhhhhhh! Amazing! That is seriously so so exciting, really really happy for you! I had wondered where you’d been, was literally going to message you this morning to check you were ok! Congratulations Polly, superstar! Xx

    • May 25, 2016 / 11:25 am

      Oh thank you; it has felt really horrible not being very ‘active’ recently but I had to nail three chapters and look after everyone still, so blog posts and twitter just slid to the side! Hoping I’ll be able to up my game a bit for a while now they’re done, though mat. leave ends soon – bit scary! Hope you are really well – have so missed clocking in to your drawings … and everyone’s posts! xx

  7. May 25, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Huge Congratulations! And very well deserved! U R amazeballs, your fellow D of C admirer xx

  8. May 25, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Amazing news!!! This is the stuff dreams are made of and you’re smashing them!! Well done, this is so exciting I can’t wait to find out more about your book!! #BloggerClubUK

    • May 25, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you Cheryl – feels a little bit surreal and I am still MILES off actually getting anything published but it has been a dream for some time now so thank you for your lovely words!! #bloggerclubuk PS also LOVE tea – popping over in a minute!

  9. May 25, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Amazing news!! Wowie! I bet you are over the moon. Get writing now lots and lots!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • May 25, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you Sarah – yes, I’m very, VERY happy (if a little bit daunted by the amount of writing ahead!) #bestandworst

  10. May 25, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    WOW that is truly AMAZING news!!! Congratulations coming your way. I’ll be glued for updates. xx Mrs T

  11. May 26, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Huge congrats, DHH are a fab agency, I used to be with Sayle Screen as a writer/director and know a lot of them from my years in film. Can’t wait to read your book x

  12. May 26, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    Congratulations, you have a lovely agent….shh she’s mine too….and she’s brilliant and kind and clever and funny. Karen xxx

  13. May 26, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Oh you total STAR! Oh you must be buzzing – this is the stuff that dreams are made of right? Well done lovely, so so well deserved and I can not wait to read xx #Coolmumclub

  14. May 26, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Wow that’s amazing congratulations! It is inspiring for newbies (like me) to read this! I hope it all goes really well for you – what an adventure!

  15. May 26, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Polly! Don’t forget us all when you are a big star writer appearing on this morning promoting your book alongside Phil and Holly 😉
    It couldn’t happen to a more fabulous blogger…thanks for reminding me I still need to do my vote!
    Ta for finding time amongst all this to link to #coolmumclub
    NE (Not Eugenie)

    • May 27, 2016 / 9:33 am

      Ah, thank you darling. Of course I will ALWAYS link to #coolmumclub when I have something – you ROCK!!

  16. May 26, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Fabulous fabulous awesome on toast news!!! I am so pleased for you lovely and it does not surprise me for one second. Congratulations and I hope that it’s a huge success for you!! (Which I know it so will be! 😉 ) xx

    • May 27, 2016 / 9:31 am

      Oh thank you thank you – it is quite awesome on toast (LOVE that phrase!) Fingers crossed …:) x #coolmumclub

  17. May 27, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is amazing! Well done – not only have you put in the hours, but you’ve got real talent and you can count me as one of the people who’ll be ordering your book. I’ve only discovered your blog through the MADs (I can’t wait to say hello in person!) but I love it and I’m hooked. Good luck – as weird as it is to say to someone in the same category as you – because you really do deserve every success x #CoolMumClub

    • May 27, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Oh KATIE that is the loveliest thing you could say. Thank you. The hours are pretty intense, I must say but having two small children is probably the best ever training you could get in going without sleep. I wish we weren’t in the same category – it’s so weird to think you and Fran from Whinge Whine are my ‘rivals’ because I love your blogs and am actually dying to have a drink with you too! Frankly quite relieved voting closes today as I am not sure how much more ‘vote for me’ messages I can send without feeling like a total dick – anyway, see you in Sept! #coolmumclub

      • May 27, 2016 / 8:34 pm

        Oh God I know – I think I’ve probably lost several friends from bleating on about it so often… it’s a bit of a weird one, isn’t it? But hey ho – it’ll be so much fun meeting everyone on the night (I’m saying this despite the fact I’m bricking it because I know NOBODY). Heaven knows I don’t get out much, so any excuse to brush my hair and buy a dress is good with me x

  18. May 28, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Wow, congratulations and good luck with the book! #stayclassy xx

  19. May 28, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    How exciting! Well done, all your hard work is paying off and you’ve come so far!! #bestandworst

  20. May 29, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Wow! Well done! What a fantastic opportunity. I bet you are jumping over the moon! xx

    Thanks for linking up with #stayclassy

    • May 29, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I’m pretty happy and just riding the phenomenal feeling of having an agent … not sure what the future holds but right now it feels amazing! Thanks so much for hosting and hope you’ve enjoyed it!;) #stayclassy

  21. May 30, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Oooo this is so exciting! Congratulations on being a signed author! Whoop! And being signed with your first choice – this is amazing! I don’t know how you do it all. I can’t wait to hear more about your book. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK x

    • May 30, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you and I think I should be saying to you I don’t know how you do it! It is very exciting, though I know there is still a LOOONG way to go before actual publication. Thanks for hosting #bloggerclubUK

    • May 30, 2016 / 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much – I know; I keep pinching myself. Thanks for hosting #bloggerclubuk – you are a superstar and I think it’s more like me not knowing how YOU do it!

  22. May 30, 2016 / 11:47 pm

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic news, how exciting! #bestandworst

  23. May 31, 2016 / 9:56 am

    A huge congratulations this is brilliant news! This has cheered me up on this really wet and grey morning, reading this. It is so well deserved, I have loved reading every one of your stories that you have been sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG. They are funny, charming, emotional, and pack a punch! I wish you all the very best of luck finding a publisher, and at MADs. Please let us know, and I’m sure you will once the book is available to buy. Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    P.S Making yourself a certificate is a brilliant idea, I hope it stands proud at Anmer Hall x

    • May 31, 2016 / 10:22 am

      Oh, that is so kind of you. (It is a horrid morning, isn’t it?) I am extremely happy that you have been enjoying the stories. I will definitely keep you updated!

  24. May 31, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    I wondered where you had gone! : ) THAT IS SO EXCITING! I’m very very happy for you. : ) I’m excited to hear more about your book. p.s. I voted for you already. : ) (so many smiley faces! but this is a very happy time) Thanks so much for sharing with #StayClassy.

    • May 31, 2016 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much Meagan, that means loads and loads to me. Thank you so much for voting too!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 (a few smiley faces of my own). And I love the new-look site by the way!

  25. June 1, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    How have I not commented? I know I did on Twitter. As others have said, this is the stuff dreams are made of. I hope your family are uber proud of you. You’re an inspiration and we’re so blooming drinking to this at #BML16 #BloggerClubUK

    • June 2, 2016 / 6:56 am

      Lovely, lovely Prabs you have made my Thursday morning (I’m hungover. It was our wedding anniversary last night. We drank too much wine in the comfort of our own home). Thank you so much … and YES, we are drinking (see, I can say that even with a sore head). xxxx

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