I’ve got some news that I can finally share! I have a book deal! I mentioned earlier this year that I’d signed to an agent – Jacinta di Mase. She and her team worked their magic, and within two months of sending my book proposal to her, I had five publication offers and from those, I chose Harper Collins. The pitch process was amazing – to get such individualised feedback from publishers was lovely – something I hadn’t yet experienced as a writer.
My book’s working title is Say Hello: How I Became The Hero Of My Story.
I’m so excited to be working with Harper Collins to publish my first book. Many of my favourite writers – some who now friends – are published with Harper Collins, so it’s a delight to be a new member of the family!
I started writing this blog seven years ago, to change the way people with facial differences and disability were represented in the media. We need more diverse writers and books. I’ve gone from blogging to writing for the mainstream media and now a book.
I didn’t see myself in the media or in books when I was young. Characters with facial differences are often representations of evil. There are very few stories where the character that looks different is the hero of the story, and when they are, they’ve had to change their appearance.
There was no one in media or books who looked like me, or to tell me it’s ok to not want to change my appearance, and I didn’t know whether I’d find love – love with another or love for myself. It’s time to write that book. To be the person Little Carly needed.
I want to add my voice to the literary world – changing the way readers perceive disability. People with disability and facial difference are often portrayed as burdens, tragedies or super heroes, and I want to show that life with a disability is not a tragedy (or exceptional). I also want to show parents who have a child with disability and facial difference that there is no need to grieve a life lost – because their child is alive and can live a great life with love and support.
I hope my book will help readers find the courage to look the world in the eye when the world sometimes looks away, or looks too much. I hope readers finish the book with new perspective about people with facial differences and disability, and the realisation that disability pride is a wonderful thing.
Thank you to everyone who has believed in me on my writing journey so far – especially to Jacinta, Danielle and Natasha from Jacinta di Mase Management, Writers Victoria, my editors in the media, Catherine Milne from Harper Collins, my parents and husband, and of course my readers – without you, there wouldn’t be a book.
My book will be published by Harper Collins in late 2018.
(Here I am with Danielle, Jacinta and Natasha from Jacinta di Mase Management last week – we were glamorously in the kitchen!)