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SYTYCW-One of the 5 Finalists!

A little over a week ago, while sitting in a coffee shop, and refreshing my inbox for what had to be the tenth time in a matter of thirty minutes, an email actually came in.  And it wasn’t from a friend or, it was from Harlequin!

It was an email from the Senior Editor of Harlequin Romance, saying that I was one of the 5 finalists from the SYTYCW contest!

They loved my entry!  It really took me a few minutes to process, as I thought that ship had sailed.  SYTYCW wasn’t even on the radar for me anymore.  In fact, I thought the email had something to do with a question I had posted on the Harlequin forums for the Romance fast-track they were working on.  But as I re-read the email, the reality of it dawned on me:  In black and white, on their letterhead, they said that I was one of the 5 finalists and that they liked my voice, they liked my story.

It wasn’t an offer to publish…but they would like to work with me!  I now have an invitation to send them something new.  I will be speaking with or emailing Bryony Green at Harlequin Romance.  I have a few ideas of what I’d like to submit…and I also have a partial that’s almost ready to go that I think would work really well…and the partial that I’m really hoping they like, will take me back to France…

So now, I need to get some coherent thoughts down on paper in preparation for our conversation and polish/revise the partial that I’m hoping will interest them.  Just thinking about a phone conversation already has my stomach in knots!  How many ways can I possibly embarrass myself in a conversation?

Hmm…I guess I’d better get to work before the self-doubt takes over!


6 Comments on SYTYCW-One of the 5 Finalists!

  1. Jackie Ashenden
    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm (5 years ago)

    FANTASTIC Victoria!!! What awesome news! Well done you!!

    • Victoria James
      Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Jackie!! 🙂

  2. Olivia Miles
    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:36 am (5 years ago)

    Huge congratulations! I am so happy for you:-)

    • Victoria James
      Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:40 am (5 years ago)

      Huge thanks!! 🙂

  3. Jaclyn Jones
    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:35 am (5 years ago)

    Let me know if you’d like me to be your on-site-France-research assistant … oh how I love France … and any excuse to go back would be SO worth it 🙂

    But more importantly – CONGRATS! This is fantastic news 🙂

    • Victoria James
      Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:41 am (5 years ago)

      Oh, this is just perfect! Yes, I think we’ll have to do much research! 🙂


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