Get Your Stiletto in the Door: Maureen McGowan’s Experience

Author Maureen McGowan visits the Chick Lit blog today to reveal the role the Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest played in her publication success story. The Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest is directly or indirectly responsible for a few of my milestones. I love this chapter’s contest. I’ve acted as entrant, judge and coordinator over the years. The first time I entered, I believe it was in 2004, it was with a very early draft of a darkly funny women’s fiction manuscript with an older heroine and two alternating timelines. It wasn’t exactly chick lit,...

Shifting Gears: From Scripts to Novels

~ By Deb McIntyre After many years of writing spec scripts for TV and feature films (with just enough success to keep the carrot dangling in front of my nose),  I was getting restless. Scripts are a rigid format and I had all these ideas that just wouldn’t work as movies….but maybe could be novels? So I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month, just for a change and a challenge.  I pulled a story from the Idea File and, starting at 12:01 AM on November 1st, I wrote like the wind. What a rush! Just spilling out...

To be me? Or not to be me?

That was the question. ~ By Jayne Ormerod Picture this: A family dinner with my active-duty-military husband and twelve-year-old son, sitting on the back deck enjoying the gentle summer breeze. I’d prepared a meal of spicy shrimp scampi and Italian bread smothered with melted cheese, green onions and poppy seeds. After a glass (or three) of a spunky Pinot Grigio, I worked up enough courage to confess my lifelong secret. The conversation went something like this: Me: “I want to be a writer.” Them: “That’s great.” Me: “Actually, I’ve been writing for a few years now.” Them: Gentle murmurings...

Voice – The Conversation Continues!

What’s so important about voice? Agents and editors ask for voice by name. ~ By Chris Bailey and Melina Kantor When asked what they hoped to find in a successful entry, a third of the final round judges for the 2010 Get Your Stiletto in the Door contest said voice topped their wish list. Young Adult final round judge Emilia Rhodes from Simon & Schuster says “a voice that sparkles” sets a winning entry apart from the rest. Editor Megan Records, Kensington Publishing Corp., one of the final round judges in the paranormal category, says she’s first attracted to...

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