Mr Sheikhypants Wins!

Okay so I was naughty and didn’t tell anyone that I’d entered the Presents pitch on eHarlequin. I probably should have but to be honest I have been getting a little sick of announcing that no, I didn’t get anywhere so I thought if no one knew and I didn’t get picked then I wouldn’t have to say anything.

But, well, I did get picked. And Mr Shiekhypants seems to have been a winner.

To say that I am moderately pleased would be to say that Sally Field was quietly satisfied with her Oscar win. 🙂

And I have to say, I am quite shocked because it was only an 80 – 100 word blurb, plus a 250 word excerpt so you had no room at all to pitch your idea. I am also not the world’s best pitcher. However, I will say that having a hook really, really helps. And some books are ‘hookier’ (if that’s even a word!) than others. I have no idea whether that was what made it with mine, but having a tough oil baroness for a heroine helped. She was totally my hook and I shamelessly used her!

I do hope, however, that I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew with doing a sheikh story…

Oh well, I guess that’s me all up. I like to make it hard for myself and not play it safe. But at least it’s another small step forward in this ridiculous roller-coaster ride of a journey.

25 thoughts on “Mr Sheikhypants Wins!”

  1. I wondered if that was you! YAY. Congratulations on Mr Sheikhypants! Will cross my fingers the day of, or maybe just my legs. Which sounds really weird now that I wrote that, but … I can’t keep my hands still long enough for that crossing fingers thing to do any good. You should be able to cross any body parts for luck.

    That’s my new position on luck and crossing stuff.

    GOOD LUCK. GOT STUFF CROSSED FOR YA. 🙂

  2. Joanne – Thanks m’dear!

    Monique – Thank you! Need to get to the end product…:-)

    Amalie – LOL!! Thank you, whatever you have crossed. 🙂

    Romy – thanks to you too, m’dear!

    Victoria – awwww, thanks! I hope so. 🙂

    Julia – thank you!

    Scarlet – hopefully! 🙂

    Maya – lol! Mr Sheikypants is happy. 🙂

  3. Oh WOW! Congratulations Jackie! Love that you took a risk by writing a sheik and it’s paid off. Big time. So what happens next? I’m out of the loop a bit, as I don’t aim for Presents…did they ask for a partial, or the full ms, or do they offer a critique or something? Whatever happens, you deserve it! 🙂

    Madeline x

  4. Madeline – Thank you m’dear! Yeah, I’m quite surprised about it myself. The prize is a chat session with the editors about the story. And then hopefully, once they know a little more about the story, they’ll be interested enough to request a partial. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for. I am VERY nervous!! 🙂

  5. Fantastic news Jackie. The roller coaster is on its way up (or is the good bit when its going down, cos thats meant to be the fun bit? In real life – I wouldn’t get on a real roller coaster for love nor money, the metaphorical one is bad enough)

    Anyway I, like Amalie, have things crossed for you.

    Nina x

  6. Nina – y’know, I’m not quite sure what part of the rollercoaster I’m on! The fun part is definitely down so maybe that’s where I am now. Thanks!

    Aimee – Thanks!!

    Ju – And thanks to you too!! 🙂

  7. Jackie and Sheikhypants sittin’ in a tree…P.U.B.L.I.S.H.E.D.

    OKay so you have to rush the last couple of letters and now that I’ve written it, it doesn’t seem quite as cool as when it popped into my head but I haven’t had coffee yet so let’s blame it on that. HUMUNGO congratulations lovely lady -if anyone deserved this break it was you. Well done!!!

  8. Elissa – you lovely thing you! It sounds extremely cool to me!! And although there will be other people who deserve this just as much (maybe more?) I’m pretty glad to have the opportunity.

    Maisey – and Fred loves you right back. He wouldn’t be the charming bastard he is right now if not for you. Hehe.

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