Saturday Spotlight – Putting Myself in the Spotlight by Rachael Thomas

A few weeks ago I answered a question on Wednesday Wondering about spontaneity. Being spontaneous just isn’t something I do, so when I suddenly decided I’d enter my newly completed story into the global competition So You Think You Can Write I shocked myself.


After an editor appointment at this year’s RNA conference, where my first chapter was given good feedback, I felt encouraged to complete the story. It was at that point only two chapters. Needless to say I have been very busy all summer.

So when a friend asked if I was going to enter the competition, I thought, why not. What did I have to lose?

I’m still in a state of shock from all the lovely comments it has received, the interest it is getting and the number of Facebook likes and tweets it is generating. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I make it into the next round, where the top 50 are chosen to send in the full manuscripts to the editors, but with over 400 entries so far and stiff competition from other great chapters who knows what will happen.

If you’d like to stop by and read my chapter, comment, like or tweet about it that would be fantastic. It is Behind the Scandalous Façade and is aimed at the Harlequin Presents/Mills and Boon Modern line.

In the meantime I’m keeping my fingers crossed and starting a new story.


13 thoughts on “Saturday Spotlight – Putting Myself in the Spotlight by Rachael Thomas

  1. Rachael, the comments alone are enough to prove that you can drop the ‘So You Think’ bit and know that you can, indeed, write. It’s a bit like the X Factor this, isn’t it? When will you hear if you’ve made the top 50 and got through to ‘judges houses’? Can’t wait to hear more about it and, in the meantime, I’ll be making like a contortionist and keeping everything crossed! x

  2. Thanks Jo and Lynne. You’re right Jo, it is like the X Factor. The first stage of the competition closes on Wednesday 9th October and the top 50 will be notified during the following week. That’s a long time to keep those fingers crossed!

  3. Loving the new spontaneous approach. Really wishing you amazing success with this and long may those positive comments continue. I sense a virtual party coming up when you make it, as Jo says, to ‘judges houses’!
    Julie xx

  4. Lovely post, Rachel, and here’s to continued success with your entry. Hope it goes far; I’m sure it will. I think competitions are great for the opportunities they offer as well as the boost you get if you do well (well I would say that, wouldn’t I!) and this one has quite a prize up for grabs doesn’t it. Good luck!
    Deirdre x

  5. Brilliant post Rachael, fingers crossed that your wonderful story is chosen. I don’t see any reason why not because it’s fab. Good luck, I’m rooting for you 🙂

    Helen xx

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