It's twenty five years since I last had a baby but earlier this week I had almost the same rush of emotion when I finally held the first copy of my book eighteen months after I had the original idea for it. Like anyone else who has developed something from scratch, it really does feel like your baby.
'You're probably not going to be interested in this,' said Jo, my agent's second-in-command, 'but you've been asked to go for an audition for a new shopping channel tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.'
'Isn't it rather short notice?' I asked. It was 5.30 p.m. and Jo would normally have left for the day.
'Well, apparently someone has dropped out and you were on the reserve list after we sent them your showreel last week.'
'I'm not sure. What will I have to do?'
'You need to choose an object and sell it to them for approximately ten minutes. I know it isn't exactly what you're looking for, but it would be good experience and might get you noticed.'
'OK then, if you think it would be a good stepping stone. What's the address?'
And that was it. Out of the blue, I was a last-minute replacement to fill up the audition list.
If you want to read about the actual audition, it's all in the book. As I said, I'll be revealing an extract each week until it goes on air so keep popping back to read more – I do hope you enjoy reading it! And what's more, each week I will also be giving away a personally signed copy of my book! This is how you enter this week:
Simply answer the following question: What year did I start at QVC?
To enter, email your answer with your full name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org before next Thursday (14th). We won't be able to publish any answers that get posted here or they will give the answer away! I will reveal the winner next Friday in my blog and the winning prizes will all be sent out at the beginning of March when the stock is delivered to our warehouse. Good luck!
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