Thursday, 25 August 2011

New Voices - are you brave enough?

Well, the time is fast approaching.  So the question is......are you in?...or are you out???????
Some people I know are out - for a good reason - they've been published in the last year.  WHOOPEE!
But others, still have a superb chance to shine this year like a glistening star in a dark night sky.
See, I'm being all writerly.

I have to put my hands up and say, that last year, I read EVERY entry.  Over 800 of them.  And about a quarter of them were uploaded on the last day at about a quarter to midnight!

And I found some entries I absolutely LOVED.  And some that I hated.  And some that I didn't understand.  And some that just made me say....What??????

I also was taken aback by some of the comments.

Now, I don't think anyone can accuse me of being a shrinking violet.  Last year, I registered under a pseudonym and commented on lots of the entries - constructively, or so I thought.  Until someone took umbridge when I pointed out a little mistake in her entry.  And she chewed me up and spat me out.

This year I will look for her and smile sweetly thinking to myself - wait until you're given revisions Missy - that'll sort you out!!!!!!!

Some of the comments last year were nothing short of acerbic.  And as my granny always said, "If you can't say something nice, say nothing at all."  And I was conscious of that.  And I will be this year too.

But most of all I'm looking forward to the chance, once again, to get the opportunity to read loads and loads of first chapters.  I want to find some, that I reach the end and think... NO!!!!!!! WHAT HAPPENS NEXT???????

Some of the other Mills and Boon authors got accused of favouritism last year, or having secret knowledge, when they said they liked something.  But they didn't.   They were there as a reader, just like I was, and simply said what they enjoyed.

So this year I will be brave and will be commenting as Scarlet Wilson.  And letting the world know what I love!  So are you in...or are you out??????????


  1. I'm not sure if i'm in or out Scarlet, but i'm def looking forward to reading lots of gorgeous new chapters and following it all as it unfolds. Exciting stuff!

  2. I can't be in this year! BUt I'll be a reader like you and eagerly commenting - hey, any form of procrastination hooks me :)

  3. I have a new manuscript I'd like to get feedback on, but I'm still dithering. I'll admit, I'm scared of those acerbic comments, even though my brain is telling me I shouldn't be!

    And also a tad concerned that after several rejections I'm not a 'new' voice to the editors at M&B.