Thursday, 3 February 2022
The Dylan Thomas Prize, Mammy on TV, and European Supporters!
This will likely be my final Unbound update. If you're a European supporter, please confirm your address if you haven't done so already, or email email@example.com to get your copy of Mammy after all of the Brexit-related delays, which I can't apologise enough for.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the book. The first edition sold out everywhere in just a few months, and the second edition is dropping on February 10. It doesn't feel real even writing that.
The book was nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize, which is also insane, and it turns out that Jeannie even made it to TV, with the book appearing on BBC Scotland (pictured below alongside Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain)!
On New Year's Eve, I finished my second Scots novel. It's young adult and a lovesong to emo culture and the Scots language. It's centered around a certain Scottish high school, the Glasgow Cathouse (if you know, you know...) and a punk band that did actually exist in England back in 2007!
I pitched it in January on Twitter and got interest from three different Scottish publishers, and I'm currently in talks to get an agent to represent it so that I don't make any bad decisions with contracts. I'm also working with the amazing Katy Darby of Liars' League to get the manuscript into the best shape possible. I can't wait to share it with the world, although as we've all learned, publishing is a very slow business!
If you'd like to keep up with my writing, the best place to do so is on Twitter (where I got a blue tick thanks to the success of Mammy!).
Thank you so much to everyone who believed in this book about a crazy old Scottish Granny. I cried when I saw it in Waterstones for the first time, but it turns out that was only the start of Granny Jean's story.