Tuesday, 21 May 2013

An update ...

I didn't win the Jeffrey Archer/Curtis Brown/Kobo competition. Naturally I'm disappointed* but coming in the top three of around 1,000 entries isn't too shabby is it? As a runner up prize I received feedback on the synopsis and opening 3,000 words. This was encouraging in parts and also suggested several improvements - all of which I agree with and will take into account when I continue working on the novel.

One of the things they said was 'We particularly enjoyed the connection and contrasts you depicted between the friends Jess and Tanya' I'm pleased with that as initially these two weren't different enough and I worked at giving them different characters whilst still allowing them to have things in common. 

Although I didn't win that one I've had some good news  - a story accepted for the inaugural issue of Ficta Fabula which I mentioned in February (see, I do take my own advice sometimes) I have plenty of work out and competition entries in, so more good news could come at any moment.

I'm also going to try some of these - Salt publishing are currently open to submissions. Passion Up pay $100 for true stories (passion in this case seems to refer to enthusiasm rather than erotica) Printerpix want 'sunshine poems'.

You may have gathered by now that I'm a keen gardener (I'm almost always working on some kind of plot!) So that I can post even more pretty pictures of flowers, I've started a gardening blog


*Not so upset I want to go to Mars but I wouldn't mind some of my words going there.

29 comments:

  1. Well done on getting so near, Patsy, and also on the story. You're doing pretty well at the moment, aren't you!

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  2. To get to the top three out of 1000is brilliant. Patsy. I will check out the gardening blog too.

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  3. Top three out of 1,000 entries?! That's not simply "not too shabby"--that's flat-out impressive! Go you!

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  4. Wow, Patsy - top three - that's brilliant :-) x

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  5. Hi Patsy .. well done on coming 3rd out of 1,000 that's amazing .. and you keep on pushing the boundaries - the call will come.

    I love that you're gardening and weaving the tapestry of life into your stories ..

    Now a 2nd blog - that's hard work .. but as it's gardening you'll love it ..

    Check my post - I met Pam McIlroy in Brighton last week ... cheers Hilary

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  6. It was really something to come in 3rd place - well done! I'll check out your gardening blog too. Will you be the next Charlie Dimmock?

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  7. Coming in third is really great though! And you got some good feedback.

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  8. Top 3 in a big competition is very good, Patsy. Well done and glad you found the critique you won helpful.

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  9. Congratulations, Patsy! What an achievement!

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  10. In the top 3 of a 1,000 is brilliant.
    Congratulations.

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  11. Congratulations on coming third! That's wonderful! Edith xxx

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  12. Patsy!! You are a WINNER! Out of over a thousand entries and you come in the top 3! Yay for you!!!!! And you got some great feedback too!! Champers all round methinks! Take care
    x

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  13. Thanks everyone! You're right - to come so close was a good thing and that's what I should focus on. Well that and trying to win something else!

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  14. Massive achievement with Kobo/Archer competition Patsy - top 3 out of a 1,000 is worth shouting about. Thanks for Salt news - sad to see they're not looking for short fiction collections right now. My novel is in too early an stage to submit, but Salt is one publisher I really admire.

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  15. Top three out of a thousand? That's FANTASTIC! Congratulations. :)

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  16. That's a brilliant achievement Patsy;you could mention your top 3 news in your top letter when you send it somewhere else. That should get you to the top of the pile. Good luck with it. Love the garden blog, but having trouble commenting on there. You could send him to the Spring-watch team on BBc, or keep it and enter the calendar picture comp they have later on in the year.

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  17. Congratulations on all the great things you have going on!
    I wish I could garden. I kill plants. :P

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  18. Congrats, Patsy! What is the name of tht red flower? Very nice!

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  19. I think it's WONDERFUL you ended up in the top three of the competition. And feedback is very important, so it sounds like a "win" to me. Congrats! :-)

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  20. That's a fantastic result, Patsy - well done!

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  21. Congratulations on getting on the top three, Patsy!

    Nas

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  22. You're all very kind. I'm pretty much over the disappointment now and concentrating on trying other competitions.

    Oscar, the flower is an anemone (Anemone corona Hollandia) They're very easy to grow from small tubers.

    Sorry for those who couldn't comment on the gardening blog - I hadn't realised it would have different default settings and so hadn't set it up properly. It should be OK now.

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  23. Congratulations honey!

    Coming third is brilliant! :)

    xx

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  24. Congratulations honey!

    Coming third is brilliant! :)

    xx

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