Hartlepool author Sarah Gate signs first book deal with Choc Lit after 122 rejections

A Hartlepool born and bred author has signed her first book deal and has already set the wheels in motion for her second book.
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Sarah Gate, 35, is following her childhood dream of “always wanting to be a writer” with her romance fiction novel Or Something.

It is published by Choc Lit, a publishing company which prints romance novels and women’s fiction.

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A search executive by day and Tiktok social media feminist by night, Sarah said: “It is a love story I suppose.

Sarah Gate, 35, is publishing her first romance fiction novel.Sarah Gate, 35, is publishing her first romance fiction novel.
Sarah Gate, 35, is publishing her first romance fiction novel.

"It is about a woman who has never really been in a relationship before and has a troubled past and is a bit of a loner and she meets a woman who becomes her friend.

"She introduces her to her family life and it changes everything for her.

"The friend is a big believer in fate and destiny and the main character is not.”

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Sarah has always wanted to be a writer but explains how it is a challenging industry, facing 122 rejections herself before being signed by Choc Lit in September of last year.

She said: “I kept thinking, this is never going to happen. I am not good enough.

"I think a lot of the time it is about being in the right place at the right time.

"There are a lot of talented people in the creative industry.”

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She continued: “For a long time, I was scared for anyone to read what I had written.”

It took Sarah five years to write her novel and four years for it to be published – but she never gave up.

She said: “I just think it would be a travesty waking up in my sixties knowing I had never given it a proper go.”

Sarah has taken to TikTok to document her life and experiences as a fiction author, offering advice and guidance to new and existing authors.

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Speaking about her novel, she said: “There are some strong messages there so I am hoping that people will be able to relate to them.”

Or something will be initially released as an e-book before being published as a paperback later in the year.

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