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Saturday, 14 February 2015


The lot of a writer is often interspersed pretty frequently with disappointments. Today was one of those days.

Today was Shortlist Announcement Day for publishers, Choc Lit and their 'Search For A Star' competition. Sadly I wasn't on it.

Of course I know I need to just take it on the chin and move on to the next door and give that one a knock. And I will. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to flail around down here on the mat for half an hour. I really like my book and someone else didn't. Not a new concept for any author, successful or not. You can't please everyone. I know that. But it doesn't make it any easier. Not right now anyway.

Going back to that previous paragraph, what I pick up from that is that I like my book. And I do. Getting it prepared for that submission meant, as we all know, reading it through many times. And I still enjoyed it. I like my characters and wouldn't kick my hero out of bed. I think that's a pretty good start. It might not have been right for Choc Lit but that doesn't mean it's not right for someone else.

But I will get up, brush myself, and my book off and try again. Just not tonight.


  1. Sorry you didn't get shortlisted, Maxi.

    But keep sending it out, it will find a home somewhere. Good luck.

    1. Thanks, Carol. I do hope so!

  2. Oh Maxi - I know the felling so well! MY sypathies. I've (almost) decided that I'm wasting my time subbing my book until I'm back in the UK, which lets me off the hook in one way and worries the hell out of me in another!

    1. Thanks, Lizy! It's very hard to know what to do sometimes, isn't it?


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