Regular readers of this blog may remember from past posts that I entered my first completed novel in the Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense contest called The Search for a Killer Voice. If you missed those posts and you’re curious about the whole journey, here are some links (in sequential order) to catch you up. Then again, if you’re busy, suffice it to say, my entry did very well, making it all the way to the final round of the competition and garnering a full manuscript request on the strength of my synopsis and first three chapters.
- Writing Update: Devising Devious Deeds (or Plotting Romantic Suspense) – March 25, 2014
- Some Thoughts on Writing My First Synopsis – April 8, 2014
- Writing Update: Killer Voices Finalist – May 27, 2014
- Writing Update: Celebrating My First Completed (and Submitted) Manuscript – June 13, 2014
The contest wrapped up with final notifications and a big announcement this past Friday. I learned that my manuscript was not accepted for publication. Not the news I was hoping for, but not all bad either. The editor who reviewed my novel gave me detailed feedback and encouraged me to submit more work to her in the future. I greatly appreciate her encouragement and the time she put into offering constructive feedback.
All in all, the contest has been a great experience, and I’m glad I entered. It afforded an opportunity to get to know the Love Inspired Suspense (LIS) editors and learn more about what they’re looking for, as well as a chance to get to know a number of authors and aspiring authors for LIS. It also pushed me to finish my manuscript in time for the deadline, which was a great experience in and of itself. And of course, the feedback I received should prove valuable as I continue to read, write, and hone my craft.
I would like to wish a hearty “Congratulations!” to the authors whose work was accepted for publication. I’m looking forward to reading your books when they release and being able to say, “I knew her when….” And for those, like me, who are still working towards publication? Let’s keep at it, and we’ll get there one of these days.