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Author Talk: Sophie Cousens, winner of Love At First Write

When I first read about the Love at First Write competition, I had only written the first few chapters of my book, How to get Ahead in Television, and had no idea where the story was going. Seeing that the competition was run in conjunction with Lovereading made me convinced I had to get writing and enter. They have always been my ‘go-to’ whenever I’m debating what to read next, or just want to see what is going on in the world of books.

on setEntering the competition gave me the impetus to keep writing my book, then finding out I had been shortlisted gave me the confidence that this was actually a book worth writing.  When I received the phone call to tell me I had won I was actually at work in a TV production office. I was so thrilled, but I don’t think I could believe it at first. The conversation went something like this:

Corvus, “We’re calling to say you’ve won the Love at First Write Competition.”

Me, “What?”

Corvus, “You’ve won. We’re going to publish your book.”

Me, “You’re joking!”

Corvus, “No we’re not joking.”
Me, “No!”

How_to_get_Ahead_in_TV_cover_reducedCorvus, “Yes!”

Me (jumping up and down on my chair) “Really?”

My colleagues, eavesdropping on this conversation, assumed something amazing must have happened with the show we were making; perhaps I’d managed to book David Beckham as a guest? Sadly they were to be disappointed, but I was ecstatic – I’d much rather have my book published than meet David Beckham.

The team at Corvus have been fantastic throughout, and I’ve learnt so much from the editing process. I’ve felt very supported and am very proud of the finished manuscript. I just hope people will enjoy How to Get Ahead in Television and that I prove to be a worthy winner.

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