Funny thing, I’ve started this blog post and had it saved in my folder since September. And I keep changing it and tweaking it. My first post said, well I didn’t make the top 55 but I’m so proud of this book, I’m going to keep moving forward with it. Then the editors floored me. They picked my book based on the pitch and first chapter and I moved on to the first round.
The next time I came in to update the post, I left it saved with “I didn’t make the top 25 but am so excited to have made it this far.” Only, with your support, I DID make the top 25 and that was amazing. Thank you to all of my friends and family for reading and telling your friends to read and for all of your encouraging words.
Making the top 25 means the editors read my entire manuscript for Tidal Patterns. As a new writer, this opportunity is awesome. Harlequin accepts manuscripts year-round from new and aspiring authors. But typically you are submitting a synopsis and a few chapters and can be waiting for a while to hear back. Knowing that the editors were reading my book in its entirety was both thrilling and frightening.
I didn’t make the final cut, but this is not the last for Tidal Patterns. After the competition wraps up, I’m going to submit to Harlequin or I’m going to go ahead and add this to my books for sale on Amazon. I’m not sure which yet.
But in the meantime, I have a lot of work to do, finishing up True North for spring/summer. And then there’s an idea for another attempt at Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest for next year….