Actually better yet, I’d be more truthfully known as a guest.
Before I tell you about my latest release with Decadent Publishing I wanted to share with you my story with writing competitions. I’ve not had a good run with them. In fact, I’ve never finaled into a competition once. And today, I’m going to delve into my competition folder and tell you some of the comments and feedback I’ve received.
Early on in my writing life I was terrible with punctuation and grammar. Luckily, I found a cp
who’s fantastic and I’ve learnt a lot from her. So a lot of the times in early contest just the fact that I bombed in these two areas, threw me out of contention. I was forever getting feedback to proof my work. Find a cp. Story is great, sentence structure etc etc needs work.
During this time I kept writing. Reading. Attending writer roadshows etc and always trying to
improve my skills. And then, I became game and started to enter US contests. This nearly stopped me from writing all together. Not only was my grammar and punctuation terrible, but now I apparently head hopped and made most of my writing passive voice. I even had one judge say I should give up writing historical’s. Ouch!
Which of course made me think I couldn’t write. So I cried, vented to hubby and then sucked it up and kept on editing, editing and did I mention editing. I volunteered to judge other writing contests to help me see what I may be doing wrong and I read. And then I started to enter US contests again.This time, I began to receive much better scores. Came in 7th with one contest. But I could never seem to sell my writing and premise to all three judges. One, always marked me down low.
This year my single title Regency time travel romance finaled into the second round of the RWAust Emerald award and came in 4th overall. So still no final, but oh, so close! Perhaps if I entered it again next year I may win. But I can’t.
And that’s because the manuscript which was my first ever written is to be published later this year by Crimson Romance. Not having any success with contests doesn’t mean you can’t write. It doesn’t mean you should give up and find another occupation. No, it just means that you weren’t able to please everyone. Competitions can be soul crushing but they’re also fantastic, you just have to take them with a pinch of salt.
I want to write. I want to immerse people in my stories and have them fall in love along with my characters. And I want to do this for the rest of my life. And NO judge anywhere, no matter their qualifications or stature is going to stop me.
And it shouldn’t stop you either.
My latest Regency romance novella, A Marriage Made in Mayfair is available now from Decadent Publishing and most online book sellers. It’s a tale of two people from different levels of society who are made for one another, it just takes them a little while to work it out.
Miss Suzanna March wished for one thing, the elusive, rakish charmer, Lord Danning. But after a frightful first season sees her flee to Paris, such dreams seem impossible. That is until she returns to London, a new woman, and one who will not let the ton's dislike of her stand in her way of gaining what she wants. Revenge on the Lord who gave her the cut direct and perhaps a little flirtation to show the mighty Viscount what he'll never have.
Lord Danning unbeknown to his peers is in financial strife and desperate to marry an heiress. Such luck would have it Miss Suzanna March fits all his credentials and seduction is his plan of action. Yes, the woman who returned from Paris is stronger, defiant, and a little argumentative, but it does not stop Lord Danning finding himself in awe and protective of her.
But will Suzanna fall for such pretty words from a charmer only after one thing. Or will Lord
Danning prove to Suzanna and himself that she is more than his ticket out of debtor's prison...
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