Hello, I'm a new member to the site. I found She Writes on the deadline date,today, after stumbling upon an excellent interview with agent Eleanor Jackson and editor Alexandra Shelley. Thank you, Kamy, for the opportunity to participate in the contest with my novel, Beyond a Darkened Sky, and become a new member to this site!
Best of luck to everyone!
So excited at this fabulous opportunity--and to hear about so many projects that people are working on. I submitted my historical/ literary novel, "Lightborne," about the murder of Christopher Marlowe (among other things). Thank you, SheWrites, and best of luck to everyone!
Hi everyone! I'm Amanda, and I entered my quirky urban fantasy WICKED SPIRITS to the contest. I've queried, I've submitted, and I'm thinking about doing a heavy revision based on agent comments. So, I'm sort of in a happy limbo. I just joined She Writes and I'm excited to meet lots of writer friends.
I heard John Grishim's agent speak, a while back. She said that as soon as he turned in one manuscript, he was working on the next. She said, also, that he was taking notes on his next ms. as he was finishing up the current. This way, he avoided The Blank Page Syndrome.
I took a workshop with Michael D. Collins. After 8 novels, he had developed a process for the next, what he calls "islands of fiction." He just sits down and writes for a while: about a place or from a character's POV. Not aiming for a plot or anything. He said he just wrote to see what emerged. primarily, he was "looking for a voice I could work with for 300 pages.
When he had the voice and the story, he already had 100 pages or so. Only 200 left!
WHen I finished my first book, all the writers I knew said, "Get started on the next one." I didn't, and paid the price: five years of desultory starts. I am glad I took Michael's workshop, after that.
I submitted the first 2000 words of my non-genre adult novel, DARK HORSES. I have worked as an editor, a free-lance writer, and a writing instructor, and in 2007 I committed to my own writing. It took me two years to complete a manuscript I'd had in the works for years ("in the works" without much actual work being done on it for most of that time). I spent another year rewriting and revising it, and it's ready for submission. The SHE WRITES contest came along at just the right time.
Best of luck to everyone!
Hi, I'm Trish. I've used the first part of my third manuscript to enter this contest. It's the first time it will have been read anywhere and the winners are being announced on my birthday so that means I'm in, right? Lol I'll have to make sure I carry my lucky "rabbit's foot" around with me for two days to cover the day here in Australia and for US time.
Good luck everyone!
I'm Holly Raychelle Hughes. Wanted to thank Kamy for this contest and everything else She Writes. I've been to a few readings and listened in on blog radio interviews. I always walk away meeting and learning about kick ass women.
I submitted the first pages of my young ault supernatural novel Life-like. I've been at it for a year, finished my shitty first draft and am digging in to the meat and rewrites now. I'm thrilled that there is a chance agents will read my pages and let me know what they think.
Congrats to all the other women who submitted pages. Looking forward to seeing all our stories on bookshelves soon.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this contest. I submitted the beginning of my second novel, "Tokyo Fairy Tale." It was a thrill to write this book, and I beefed up my Japanese reading skills in the process as I delved into research on Japanese prosecutors. (Now I'm determined to put them to use in my next novel too.)
It's also inspiring and moving to read the many participants' discussions of their experiences and projects. I'm really proud to be part of this group. Best wishes to every entrant!