I got an email the other day that I'd made it to the longlist of eight but to keep my mouth shut until Saturday when the Guardian planned to go public.
On Friday though, Philip 'the Beard' Ardagh tweeted this:
@candygourlay Found myself thinking about the characters in SHINE this morning, long after having read it. Sign of an excellent book!
— Philip Ardagh (@PhilipArdagh) June 27, 2014
Such an act of unmitigated niceness! Hmm, I thought. Does he know something about the Guardian prize.
But the next day, Philip swore he had no idea!
@candygourlay @guardian Knew nothing which was nice because my recollection and thoughts about SHINE came out of the blue. :0)}}}}When I saw the synopsis for Shine in the Guardian, I thought, wow, somebody really read the book. Here's a screenshot from the Guardian gallery of longlisters.
— Philip Ardagh (@PhilipArdagh) June 28, 2014
On the Saturday morning, I woke to my smartphone buzzing like a crazy bee on the bedside table.
Wow! Candy Gourlay’s @candygourlay terrific book Shine is on the #Gdnkidsficprize longlistAnd for the rest of the day, the phone didn't stop buzzing. Life really does happen on social media.
— GdnChildrensBooks (@GdnChildrensBks) June 28, 2014
I've embedded some tweets below to give a taste of what my day has been like.
Now, people, take note that it's just the LONGlist. And also take note that the other long-listed books are absolutely fabulous, I'm just happy to be one of them.
Thank you for all the warmth and love you've pinged my way.
Lovely, wide-ranging Guardian longlist, tho http://t.co/iSBIP9SXlA and don't forget the Young Critics Competition!
— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) June 28, 2014
Yay! Shine is on the longlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Congratulations @candygourlay!
— Anushka Ravishankar (@anushkaplatypus) June 28, 2014
@candygourlay 's book Shine on the Guardian children's fiction prize longlist - hooray! http://t.co/6HXE45n1SE via @guardian #kidlit
— Amanda Lillywhite (@AJLillywhite) June 28, 2014
Absolutely chuffed for my pal .@candygourlay - on #Gdnkidsficprize with @marcussedgwick, @simon_francesca & @whatSFSaid .
— KMLockwood (@lockwoodwriter) June 28, 2014
@candygourlay @GdnChildrensBks That's fantastic news, Candy. Congratulations! And good luck although I'd say you're already a winner. :)
— Tracy (@TABwrite) June 28, 2014
@candygourlay Congratulations! I remember your visit to Acton High Sch for the first Ealing Readers' Award. You were lovely & inspirational.
— MrsLibrary (@thelibrarymiss) June 28, 2014
The @GdnChildrensBks #gdnkidsficprize 2014 longlist is out! Congrats to all, including @whatSFSaid & @candygourlay http://t.co/2ojyJNu9wW
— Jonathan Stroud (@JonathanAStroud) June 28, 2014
@candygourlay @simon_francesca @marcussedgwick @GdnChildrensBks Amazing company! We should all get together and have a celebratory hot choc!
— SF Said (@whatSFSaid) June 28, 2014
Wow! Big Congratulations to @candygourlay. Shine is on the longlist for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. http://t.co/MzQChGE80t
— Rochita Ruiz (@rcloenenruiz) June 28, 2014
If you're a young person who likes writing book reviews, you MUST enter the Guardian Young Critic's Competition. Good luck!