I have had a really, really lucky month.
This month I made it into the Harlequin Top 28 So You Think You Can Write Finalists out of 700 global entries. It was an amazing feat. I still don’t know if I was in the Top 25 because when I invoked my tribe (that would be YOU), you came out in force and voted like crazy for me for eleven straight days OR if I was one of three wildcards chosen by the editors.
Either way, it’s been an amazing ride. The analogy of a roller coaster would not be unfit here.
As Tom Petty croons, the waiting was the hardest part.
The Top 3 finalist were supposed to be announced on Monday, Nov. 5. But then came Hurricane Sandy and the U.S. presidential election. While many contestants were from Canada, the UK and Austrailia, apparently much of the contest revolved from the New York office. The NY office was out of power, internet and phones on Monday. And Tuesday. And Wednesday.
Finally Thursday evening they announced via Twitter. I was not a finalist.
You can read the Top 3 finalist entries here. If you were planning to vote for me…I would humbly ask that you now vote for Jennifer Drogell’s entry, The Divorce Party. She’s a gem of a girl, and her first chapter will leave you begging for more. Voting commences Nov. 16. I’ll remind you. In fact, if you are my Facebook friend, you won’t be able to avoid knowing 🙂
The entire contest has been wonderful. More than forty entrants now (including the top 28) have received requests for full manuscripts to be considered. And those are only the ones on the #sytycw2012 Twitter hastag that we know about.
The ride may not be over. I could still be contacted. I am actually hoping to get some sort of feedback from the editor (or editors) who read my manuscript. There was no promise of that so who knows.
Currently I am 60K into my reaper sequel, Reap & Redeem, and I have introduced several new reapers who will (of course) eventually need their own stories. I smell a series.
God knows how I love a good series.