I recently submitted two entries to North Texas Romance Writers of America Great Expectations competition and was delighted to be advised I was a finalist with Violet’s story. My entry will now be assessed by an editor with a major publishing company and I am thrilled. What an opportunity!!
The feedback I received on both entries was positive, insightful and very helpful. As an Australian writer I am concerned about “Australian-isms” so entering a US competition was a great way to get a different view-point of my writing.
The judges spent time reading and proving good feedback. My favourite line was…”Hope you get a great cover, because I’m sure this one will sell!”
Congrats to the other finalists and also a well done to the non-finalists. Submitting your work in a competition can be scary but very rewarding.
I just love talking about writing and was delighted to be invited to talk to Grade 2A on their writing. The children have been working hard on their stories and their teacher thought it would be good for me to talk to them about their characters.
We started chatting about The Wizard of Oz – perfect for eight year olds when looking at interesting characters. A lion who’s scared. A Tin man who doesn’t have a heart. A Scarecrow who wants a brain. Perfect!
We then talked about their stories which were all fantastic. With a bit of brainstorming the class came up with some ideas on creating engaging characters – a dog who is a scientist in disguise, a princess who doesn’t like pink and rides skateboards, a dog who talks – brilliant!
I loved their ideas and enthusiasm. This is a class with budding writers.
Thanks 2A for inviting me to your classroom to talk
I have to confess I’m friends with Rachael Johns and am lucky enough to read her work before it’s published. However, I never got to read the ending of Outback Dreams and really wanted to see Faith and Monty’s HEA. Now I can
Bonus books for the quick readers in our group are -
It’s on again!!!! This amazing writing competition gives romance writers an opportunity to submit a chapter to be read by a HMB editor. The lucky winner will be offered a book publishing contract with Mills and Boon.
When I last checked this afternoon there were over 500 entries!! Wow!!
I had a brilliant time in Fremantle at the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference catching up with friends, writers and doing lots of learning.
I caught up with Shona Husk and had to admit I wasn’t a fan of paranormal romance and preferred contemporary women’s fiction/ category romance.
But after chatting and hearing about the Goblin stories she’s created I was curious. So I downloaded her free prequel – The Summons and started reading it on the train this morning. So engrossed in my reading, I almost missed my station. Thanks Shona for a great read – yes, Goblins are great and I’ll be buying The Goblin King
So, I’ve been proven wrong and happily discovered that I do like paranormal. So have you read anything outside of your comfort zone?
I haven’t told anyone we’re reading Mills and Boons but since Annie West writes such great alpha heroes I don’t think they’ll notice….or care
So what are you reading this month?
I’m flying to Fremantle tomorrow for the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) annual conference. I can’t wait to see my CPs and writing buddies. This is such a wonderful opportunity to learn and chat with like-minded writers