Here's a great podcast for aspiring romance writers from the CBC: the annual Romance 101 meeting at the Toronto Romance Writers from January 2011, featuring Molly O'Keefe and Maureen McGowan.
Best advice from Bonnie Staring: "Just get that first draft down as fast as you can. Just barf it all out."
Fighting for Her Love is the first place winner in the Toronto Romance Writers' Gold Contest in the Contemporary Series category! WOO HOO!
The partial will now move on to the Gold Ticket round to be judged by literary agent Kristin Nelson. Winners of that round will win a three-chapter critique by New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong!
Congrats to all my fellow winners and finalists!
Fighting for Her Love made the finals for the Toronto Romance Writers' Gold Contest in the Contemporary category!
The judge for the finals: Superromance editor Wanda Ottewell, who actually has a full of this MS sitting on her desk already (I resubmitted back in March after revisions via senior editor Victoria Curran
Will this help or hurt my chances at being published? Only time and Wanda will tell....
I got the news today, oh, boy....
Finished third in the TRW's Golden Opportunity contest in the Contemporary Series category. From first in scores to third in rank (of three).
Oh, well, there's always next year. It was good to know I even made the finals.
Here's what the category judge, Harlequin Superromance's Wanda Ottewell, had to say:
How would you rate this entry on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest?
What was strong about this entry?
Really captures the heroine’s unique voice with the narrative. Her personality comes through well so the reader feels connected.
What could be improved?
A more unique, less typical meet between the hero and heroine would be good. While the collision between hero and heroine sparks physical awareness, as a device it gets used a lot.
I knew this about the setup when I set out to write the book, of course. But it is my first book, and after three years of rejigging, it actually rates as not half-bad, so on the scale of things, WIN!
Better luck next time!