Do you remember the childhood game: Take a Giant Step? It's how I describe my journey through the obstacle-strewn course in search of a publisher. I take a giant step forward when I final in a contest or receive a request. I take one or two or three baby steps back when I don't do well in a contest or I receive a rejection. Then something good happens, and I get to take another step forward. Then backward. And so on, and so on.
I was thrilled when I took a giant step forward not so long ago. My vampire/shapeshifter paranormal manuscript, Sea Panther, finalled in the Golden Gateway contest sponsored by From the Heart Romance Writers.
Then the results came in. Sea Panther placed fifth. No request. I rate this setback as one baby step backward because the editor said, "The tone/voice is perfect for this market," along with a few other nice things. She also provided notes on how to tweak the synopsis and premise to make them stronger. Yah!
And now, I get to take another giant step forward. My first completed manuscript from my Garden Gate Scottish time travel series, spiced with scheming fairies and one incredibly mischievous clan brounie, Just Beyond the Garden Gate, finalled in the paranormal category of the FAB (Finally a Bride) contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Chapter of RWA. My work will be in front of two editor judges. Very exciting.
My fingers are crossed.
Just Beyond the Garden Gate:
- 2010 FAB Paranormal Finalist
- 1st place 2008 MERWA Synopsis for Paranormal
- 3rd place 2007 Golden Gateway Paranormal
- 3rd place 2007 The Write Hook Query Letter
- 5th place 2010 Golden Gateway Paranormal
- 3rd place 2010 Touch of Magic Paranormal
- 2nd place 2009 Hot Prospects FF&P
- 1st place 2009 MERWA Synopsis for Paranormal