Firstly, thanks all for your fantastic support of my New Voices chapter. The response to it has been unbelievably amazing and I’m so happy that so many people seemed to like it. Truly, I had no idea it would be so popular or that it would stay being so popular throughout the competition. That has been the best thing about this competition – having that wonderful reader feeback.
But, of course, I did not final. And can I tell you now that I am NOT surprised in the slightest. I am not a new voice for them. I’ve already been a runner-up in one contest and I have been working with an editor for a while now so in many ways, I already have the prize (and the iPad!). So why did they encourage me to enter? Probably so they could see what readers thought of my voice. And the response has been yes, people like my voice so – as the wonderful Dr Jax told me – why would they choose me as a finalist? Better to give that place to someone totally new since they already have me. 🙂
All that is supposition though. I am disappointed, yep, no denying it. But I do hope that I get some editorial response to It Girl. Because I do have story behind that first chapter, with actual, honest to God conflict and everything. Will keep you posted anyway. 🙂
Big congrats to the finalists, especially Leah whom I met at RWAus. Great going girl! Hope it leads to big things for you.
As for me, I am awarding myself the prize for Best Use of Neil Diamond in an Opening Chapter. Because man, I earned it! 🙂