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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Brit Awards - update for 2011 - 2012

Almost exactly a year ago, I put up a post about the Brit Awards 2010 - for more details of this prize, see www.britwriters.co.uk.

The winner of the 2010 prize commented on my post, and I think what she tells us will be of interest to anyone who is as yet unpublished (or is self-published), and is considering entering the prize for 2012.

Catherine Cooper said...


I've just read your comment above.
I was last years winner of the Brit Writers Awards. My book, The Golden Acorn scooped two awards, the first was for 'Best Story for Children' and I then went on to be awarded 'Best Writer of 2010'. A year has passed since I won the awards so I thought you might like an update. The full press releases can be found on my website at www.pengridion.co.uk but in short, my book went to the Frankfurt, Bologna and London Book Fairs and is now available world wide in several languages. The biggest event was earlier this year when a Hollywood film company approached us. We've now signed the film rights and hopefully, in the not too distant future, I'll be able to see my book on the big screen.

It's been quite a journey... my publishers have a headline for me... From Self-Published to Hollywood in 18 months! You can read the full story of my journey on my website.

I wish everyone who has entered this year's Brit Writers' Awards the very best luck. I'll be at the award ceremony in October so if you are reading this and you get through to the final please come and say hello.

Kind regards,
Catherine Cooper

What I forgot to say to you was... it was my own self-published version of The Golden Acorn that made it into the film producers hands. That might give hope to every self-published author reading your blog.

Bye for now


  1. Hi,

    It's wonderful when that happens, and all good luck to Catherine on the movie deal!

    I really dropped by to say I've finally posted book reviews on my blog: The Silver Locket among them. I'll post a review on Amazon in the next couple of days, and at Choc-Lit. Loved it!


  2. Hi Francine - yes, we all dream of movie deals, and it must be fabulous when our dreams come true! Thank you so much for your great review of TSL. I'm delighted to know you enjoyed it.