May 2nd, 2010 by Rachel Krider

Australian Women Achieving Success

Turning The Page To Success

Turning The Page To Success

Rebecca James is an Australian kitchen saleswoman. Just a short time ago Rebecca was broke, but dreamed of having her first novel published. The recession had taken its toll on the kitchen business she set up with her life and business partner, Hilary Hudson. Forced closure meant they were at the end of their tether and desperate to be achieving success in some way.

She had a growing collection of rejection letters from every agent in Australia and a few in America. Still, unsolicited, she sent off her manuscript earlier this summer to a British literary agent, Conville & Walsh where it  was summarily placed in a slush pile and was miraculously dug out by Jo Unwin, who spotted Ms. James’s talent. Having recently joined the agency to build a teenage and children’s list, she took the time to look at the slush pile. After just 30 pages of James’ “Beautiful Malice,” she was gripped by what she termed, a brilliantly plotted page-turner. A feeding frenzy among publishers ensued guaranteeing her a large multi book deal, with her debut novel being translated into at least 30 languages.

Set in Sydney, her book, “Beautiful Malice,” tells the story of an unsettling friendship between the solitary Katherine, who has lost her sister to a brutal murder, and Alice, a glamorous party girl whose character becomes as chilling as she is charming. With its gritty themes, the book is expected to appeal to teenagers and adults, achieving success across a broad spectrum of readers. One publisher even compared “Beautiful Malice” to Stephenie Meyer’s successful Twilight series — without the vampires but with the sex.

In a success story reminiscent of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Ms. James is a mother and first-time author who is achieving success as a successful entrepreneur and gone from nothing to becoming a millionaire relatively overnight. Royalties will be paid over four years, but while deciding how to spend her money, she has made her first purchase — two puppies.

9 Responses to “Australian Women Achieving Success”

  1. Paul Mantel says:

    Great article, love how people go on the path of the unknown and come out so successful on the other end. Thanks for the post.

  2. Catherine Howard says:

    Another wonderful example of having belief in yourself and in your dreams, and simply never giving up! If you know it’s right for you and it feels that way in your heart, never give up on it. I have had the same dreams and goals on lists and vision boards over the years, with no idea how I would ever make them happen. Beyond Freedom Evolution has taught me that the ‘how’ will always take care of itself as long as you truely believe in whatever it is you want to create in life. I am so grateful for every little part of my journey at Polaris… dreams do come true!

  3. Emma Lewin says:

    There is nothing more inspiring than the stories of how people get from where they were to where they are now, sometimes we forget that everyone started somewhere – not everyone is born a millionaire, a best selling writer or an elite athlete and it takes grit and focus to get where you want to go, thankfully in the Polaris community we don’t have to make that journey alone – there is support and encouragement every step of the way and great products to inspire and challenge us. Why would we want to be anywhere else?!

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  8. Another stunning example of a gal with a dream, a bunch of naysayers, persistence then victory!

    I am INSPIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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