First of all, cigar/cigarette analogies always scare me because I always think of those when I'm pregnant, LOL. But I haven't been able to get this line out of my head since opening my email this afternoon to find "Writing Competition" staring at me three or four lines down.
It was with trepidation that I opened this email. It started much like the letter I received after the Harlequin Presents comp last year from the Snr Editor..."Whilst we are sorry that your entry wasn't successful...your writing showed a lot of potential for Modern Romance...we loved your intense and dramatic writing style...your writing also showed you understand the appeal and flavour of the series..."
By this time my hand was shaking less and my heart wasn't threatening to jump out of my chest. Of course, I knew there was a BUT.
However, it was a good BUT! Although she pointed out one or two places where I'd gone wrong, the editor concluded by asking for 3 chapters and a synop of whatever I'm working on, plus she's asked me send it directly to her!
As rejections go, this one ain't bad, in fact it's bloody good!
So I'm not going to take this as a rejection. Nooo, far from it. I'm taking it as a request for three chapters and a synopsis which will bypass the slush pile and land straight into an editor's inbox!
Now there's something to stick in my pipe and smoke! Oh, oh, another analogy. Mayhap this requires further investigation.
Ta da for now folks and happy writing!