The last few months have been one big, and I mean big, roller coaster ride. At the end of September, on a very spur of the moment decision, I entered Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write competition, which had the fabulous prize of publication.
The next stage was selecting the Top 50. This was done by a team of fifty editors and I was thrilled to find out that my chapter had been selected. This now meant sending the complete manuscript to Harlequin for the next round of judging.
Then one wet and windy evening my mobile rang. Imagine my surprise when it was an editor from Harlequin New York, to say my manuscript had been selected as one of the Top 10, but that I had to keep the news to myself for a week. That was the hardest thing to do when I wanted to shout out loud.
On 12th November my complete manuscript was online and voting began. November should have been a NaNo month for me, but nearly all the words I wrote were on Facebook or twitter as I promoted my story.
Once voting had closed the long wait for the final announcement began. I’d had really wonderful comments on my entry and I was so happy to have made it that far in a global writing competition. My dream of publication with Harlequin Mills and Boon was tantalisingly close.
The day of the final announcement dawned and I crossed everything and hoped my story could make it into the Top 3. It wasn’t to be, but I’m so pleased with just how far my entry has come.
It has been a wonderful and emotional experience, but one that has achieved what I wanted, the interest of editors. You never know, my winning moment may be yet to come!
At the moment you can also still read the entries, from first chapters to Top 10 here and if you want a real tear-jerking moment then watch the winner, Tanya Wright, being told she’d won.