The one where I sign a book deal

When I was eleven I wrote a pony book.

I wrote it in lined jotters, then typed it up, double spaced and splodged with Tippex, and sent it to Pan books, who published all my favourite pony stories. I got a very kind rejection back, asking me to keep on writing.

Life got in the way for a while, but in 2010 I started writing a story about a girl who moved to a Scottish island, and I filled it with dogs and horses and hot chocolate and wine in the bath and all the things I liked.

And this time, Caroline Hogg at Pan Macmillan liked it, so yesterday I went with my lovely agent Amanda Preston and signed a deal to write three more books. Sealed with a Kiss will be in the shops in May 2014, with a Christmas e-novella sequel to follow, and then another two full length books to come.



  1. That’s fantastic news Rachael, well done you xx

  2. I am absolutely thrilled for you, Rachael. You so deserve this!

    Keep thinking I should get my act together and start submitting again. When I hear fantastic success stories like this one, it spurs me on.

    Well done, flower. All the very best to you!
    CJ xxxx

  3. That is just so awesome! Congratulations. Dreams really do come true!!

  4. You absolute beauty! So so excited for you. Awesome doesn’t even cover it.

    Mwah xxx

  5. Totally unbelievably awesome you 🙂

  6. YAY!!!! 🙂

  7. Fantabulous – you deserve this, 100%.
    Just remember the original Vegemitevixens in your ‘thank you’ speech when you start winning plaudits and awards 😉

    LCM x

  8. I saw you and I hadn’t read this to say congratulations in person! We obviously need to get together again very soon.

  9. Kay Stevens says

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yyeas!-well done-you go girl!!!

  10. So thrilled for you Rachael that’s brilliant news. Vix xx

  11. Such wonderful news and so very well deserved! So stupidly happy for you 🙂

  12. Whoop!! Congrats chuck x

  13. Massive congratulations, Rachael!

  14. Amazing! Congratulations hon, that is marvellous and well deserved xo

  15. Many, many congratulations!! x

  16. Thanks Julie, it’s been an exciting week! x

  17. Thanks Jess. Hard bit starts now – lots of writing to do! x

  18. Thanks Pam, that’s really kind of you. x

  19. Whoooop exactly! xxx

  20. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Thank you my lovely xxx

  21. Thank you lovely Vix. You next? xxx

  22. Thank you! Yippeee! xxx

  23. Yes we really do! Retreat weekend asap! xxx

  24. Once a vixen, always a vixen. Hic. xxx

  25. Yippee, exactly!

  26. Thank you! Without your help this weekend would have been a nightmare. xxxx

  27. Big kiss right back, lovely chum. xxx

  28. Yes they do. Thanks Emma! xxx

  29. Yes, you absolutely should, K. Will message you with news and gossip later in the week. xxx

  30. Thank you! Wish you could have been there this weekend to help celebrate. xxx

  31. How exciting! You must be over the moon and I’m really pleased for you. So hard for an author to get picked up these days so they must have loved you!

  32. Brilliant news – well done you!

  33. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    And big hugs


  35. Thank you lovely chick. It’s been a long old slog but now the exciting bit starts! xxx

  36. Yaaaay I’m so excited for you!!!! Can’t wait to read them all…can you send me a signed copy lol?

  37. I always knew this was coming!!! And I love to tell people that I read my version on a PDF copy you emailed me. 😀

  38. So so so so soooooooooooo pleased. Loved Sealed With a Kiss. Cannot wait for the next 🙂

  39. Just such happy, happy news….well done you! We’re Pan Mac publishing sisters! 🙂 x

  40. The best news ever. Love ya x

  41. You totally deserve it, Rachel, Sealed with a Kiss was fab. I can’t wait to read the rest of them!