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.