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London Calling!

Today was a big day for me…because I was expecting a call from an editor at Harlequin Romance, a result of the SYTYCW contest.

So of course, the morning was one gigantic, nervous blur.

I woke up at 5:30am because, well, I’m a total nerd and wanted to go over my synopsis and notes a few more times before the phone chat.  Then I got the kids ready, drove DS to school, raced home and basically paced the house.  I contemplated adding a little something from the liquor cabinet into my coffee (but decided against it, since I didn’t think I needed anything to add to my incoherency) and then handed over DD to my husband at about 10:00am.  She said she’d be calling around 10:30am.

Half an hour was too long for someone like myself to be left alone.  I stared at the phone on my desk.  Checked Twitter.  Checked my inbox.  Then I picked up the phone a few times to make sure there was a dial tone.  Then I turned it over to make sure the jack was plugged in.  Then I checked my inbox to make sure she hadn’t emailed to cancel.  Then I double-checked the email I’d sent her, making sure I had given her the correct phone number.  And then I waited.  At 10:36am I decided she’d changed her mind and wasn’t going to call.  Seriously.  I think I may have even shrugged sadly and said “oh well” out loud.

But then at 10:37am the phone rang 🙂

She was so easy to speak with and put me at ease right away.  We talked about my contest entry a bit, my voice and then my ideas.  I explained the manuscript that I’d been working on and she said to go ahead and submit a partial to her along with the synopsis.  So I will be editing tonight, and trying to convince myself that I CAN do this…

She truly was so nice and so helpful.  The phone call was the highlight of my day.  Actually, it was one of the best things ever.

So I’m off to work…

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!


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