Last year and during the holidays I was busy busy busy writing and editing and entering competitions and submitting short stories and poems to magazines etc and…
… all my hard work and effort has finally paid off!!!
I thought I would share my excitement with you all 🙂
It all started towards the end of last year when I received an email from Georgie at Creative Kids Tales to say that I had received 2nd place in their “Spread Your Wings” story writing competition! I won a manuscript appraisal by Dee White which was fantastic. With her helpful suggestions and guidance I was able to cut out all the waffle, improve the setting and characters and ‘show’, not ‘tell’.
Then, in another email, Georgie asked if I would like to be the emerging author for February on the Creative Kids Tales Website so of course I said a big “YES PLEASE!” to that.
Just recently I heard back from New Frontier Publishing that my manuscript was unsuccessful, however, it has been selected by Little Steps Publishing who offer partnership-publishing. I’m not familiar with this term and am yet to research it further. Would love to hear from anyone who knows about partner-publishing (the pros and cons) or has had a book published this way.
I also entered many of the Positive Words Magazine monthly short story competitions and a couple of my stories have been shortlisted which is great encouragement. It’s also a lot of fun and a challenge trying to write a short story with a particular key-word in 100 words or less!
And last but not least, the micro-fiction story I entered in the Short and Twisted writing competition (mentioned on Little Rockets) has been chosen for their Short and Twisted 2013 Anthology. Yay!
So, goals this year – keep working hard and aiming high and try to do just as well, if not better!! Hope my roll of good luck continues. How’s your writing going so far and what are your plans and goals for the year?