Monday, November 7, 2016

S is for Swoon

Ana swoons over two contest wins.

To my surprise and delight, my western historical moved another rung up the "is my story good enough to be published" ladder. It just took second place in the historical category of a contest. The judge, a big-name (to me) publishing house editor, requested a full with the following:

General Feelings/comments:
While I do feel minor revisions are needed, the characters, setting, and plot appear to be well developed, and layered with enough intrigue and conflict to make this a page turner.  Score 25 out of 25.

My other entry was my WIP, a romantic suspense. It won first place with a score of 24 out of 25. The agent judge requested a full + synopsis.

It took several days for me to move past stunned-mode.  Now I am scrambling. I'm only on chapter 5 in writing the story, and I am still incorporating contest feedback to up the H/H attraction in the first chapters. (The contest rules did not specify the entry had to be from a completed manuscript.)

I've started writing the synopsis and will send it along with a request for time to finish writing the story. I hope the agent approves my request. If not, I still have been given the gift of encouragement. 

I'll keep writing. 


  1. Congratulations, Ana! Best of luck with the entries.

    1. Thank you! It was totally unexpected, so I had no angst leading up to the announcement.

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    1. Thank you! Now I have to put my time travel on the back burner again. Just when I began to work on it again.
      I wish I could clone myself and focus on two stories at the same time.

    2. Your system of writing one story at a time seems to be working for you, so don't play with it!

  3. Wow! Congrats, Ana! That is huge news. So excited for you...keep scrambling! :)

    And good luck with those submissions. I'll have fingers, toes, and whatever else crossed for you.