Nicole Flockton is joining me today to talk about writing competitions and her new book, Rescuing Dawn. She's offering a free kindle version to one commenter (if you don't have a kindle you can download a free app and read it on your computer) Over to you, Nicole.
Today, with the advent of self-publishing, our beloved contests are slowly losing traction and appeal. It’s a shame really because contests are a fantastic way to get feedback on your writing and they also get you under the eye of an agent or editor or in most cases these days, both.
I didn’t enter a lot of Romance Writers of America’s contests. I didn’t know much about them. I entered a few contests run by Romance Writers of Australia and, although I never finalled or won, but I found the experience really worthwhile. It’s a great way to build up your skin for when you do get published and you get reviews. Also the feedback was great and helped me to look at my work with fresh eyes.
Since I moved to the US and joined my local RWA Chapter – West Houston I’ve become well acquainted with contests, in particular the Emily Contest. This is a contest which is run by West Houston RWA Chapter. It’s a fantastic contest and has had quite a number of successes from people who won their category going on to being published. It would be such a shame to see a prestigious contest, like the Emily and many other contests, fall to the wayside.
I feel that contests are a great tool, especially for writers that are just starting out. Most of the contests have published authors as first round judges. The information these multi-published authors can give back to you are amazing. Even if you do decide to go down the route of self-publishing entering a contest is sure to benefit you all.
The West Houston Emily contest opens in September so you have plenty of time to get your entries ready. Here is a link to the special Emily website - http://whrwa.com/emily/
Do you have a favourite contest that you like to enter?
Dawn Granger has loved and lost and it’s a road she’s not prepared to travel again, that is until her past turns up and has her questioning her resolve.
Andrew Holmes has sailed the globe numerous times, when he almost loses his life, he decides he needs to give something back so he returns home and trains as a paramedic. When he runs into his former sweetheart he is surprised to find an attraction he thought dead come to life. When he sees the sadness in Dawn he knows he will do anything to make her smile again.
Dawn tries to resist Andrew but their past pulls at her in ways she thought long dead. Can she trust a man who's run out on her once before? Can she risk putting her heart on the line again? Or will it all be taken from her again.
On her very first school report her teacher said ‘Nicole likes to tell her own stories’.
It wasn’t until after the birth of her daughter and after having fun on the community board of eharlequin.com that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
The stories she writes are contemporary romances with either a medical setting or in the boardrooms of high powered business. Nicole enjoys taking two characters and creating unique situations for them.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and her two fabulous kids.
There will be a kindle copy giveaway of RESCUING DAWN to one commenter!