Phew! What a Roller Coaster Ride for Rachael!

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.

ImageAt the beginning it was just my first chapter that was uploaded to the competition website. Within a few minutes it was there for everyone and anyone to read and comment on.

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.  

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8 thoughts on “Phew! What a Roller Coaster Ride for Rachael!

  1. Rachael, you did so well and we are all proud of you! I just watched the clip too…wow, what a tear jerker!
    Congratulations and I really hope that this is the start of a fun and exciting writing career for you.

    Helen R.

  2. I’m sure you know but being one of ten national finalists is an amazing achievement! I was so chuffed just to even know someone that had reached so far. I’m sure this is the start of a new career for you, Lynne

  3. Huge well done Rachael for getting so far in the competition. I’m sure your dream of publication is just around the corner! Alex xxx

  4. What a wonderful achievement, Rachael! Those editors will be knocking on your door any day now because surely they won’t pass up on the opportunity to work with someone whose writing is obviously highly thought of. x
    Deirdre

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