Hi Téa! Thanks so much for having me, and thanks for letting me squeak in at the last minute!
Even though New Voices was the first writing competition I ever entered, my hopes (and probably my expectations) were sky-high prior to entering. After all, I’d been honing my voice since before undergrad and I’d been studying the romantic fiction market like crazy in recent years. Not to mention the fact that my first chapter entry rocked hard. Oh yes, I had confidence to spare when I first entered the competition. But when the site opened to submissions and I started reading all the other entries, I hit the earth with a thud. Such a huge and varied display of talent I was competing with! No way would I place.
And I didn’t. I did, however, get an editorial critique, which was very cool. And what was even cooler was the fabulous support system we formed on the New Voices Facebook page. After most of us were eliminated, we gathered there to relate and to commiserate. Looking back, it was sweeter than it was bittersweet.
After that first round of eliminations, I got an email from one of the gals I knew from the competition. Annie Seaton (then a fellow entrant and now an author extraordinaire) wrote to encourage me to submit my work elsewhere. Don’t ask me why but this never occurred to me before she mentioned it. It was as if I had blinders on. My focus on HM&B was so intense I couldn’t even see the hot new publishers popping up all around me. In a rare “eureka” moment, I took Annie’s advice and submitted my completed manuscript to Musa Publishing. The next day they requested the full, and a couple of weeks later I had a contract. It all happened so fast.
I’d better stop this now. I’m getting all mushy!
But before I go, here’s the tagline from Fashioning a Romance, a quirky love story that takes place in London and Paris:
Faced with a man so smooth he can charm the clouds from the sky, will Caitlyn be able to stick to her strict No Players policy?
I think not.
Please feel free to stop by say hello on my blog: http://libby-mercer.blogspot.com/.
Thanks so much for having me here today, Téa!
My pleasure Libby - may the luckdragon be with you!!