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Hi, welcome to my blog, I am a writer of short stories, children's and YA novels . An acceptance from People's Friend finally made me a published writer! Yeah, happy days! I have since had stories published in The Weekly News and The Last Laugh anthology. My main love is writing children's/YA novels...I'm now enduring a fruitless search for an agent... I also draw and paint, I like to draw animals (usually my adorable crazy cats!)Occasionally famous people and motorcycles.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A lovely award

Thank you so much to Rachna for the lovely L'Aussie Fair Dinkum award, I'm so pleased! Rachna has a lovely warm blog, educational too, if you haven't met her yet, I recommend a visit!

Thanks for all your suggestions for 'writing' books, Stephen King seems very popular and sounds like an interesting read.

I was just wondering if anyone is entering the Amazon Breakthrough Novel award contest?
I've just been having a look, but the young adult section is for novels over 50,000 words and I'm not quite there yet and don't suppose I will be by early Feb when the comp closes.
I'm always looking out for places to sub to and then when I find one I get all nervous and daunted by the whole thing. I'm such a wimp :)
Good luck to anyone who is thinking of entering!!


  1. I'm not entering this year but I know of a few bloggers that are. I hope you have success if you decide to. Congrats on the award.

  2. Be bold!!! Be brave!!! But it's so easier said than done!! Me - I tend to just enter and then run away and not tell anyone so if it all goes pear shaped only I (and the people who turned me down and gave me and F+++) know - LOL!!!!!. But I say - you never ever ever know how they'll all turn out - so yes penandpaints I'm back to my "be bold!!! be brave!!" LOL!

    CONGRATULATIONS with your award!! Yay!!!!

    Hang on to your novel - hopefully the ABNA will run again next year and then you'd be ready!!! GOOD LUCK!!! Take care

  3. I think I may fit into the wimp category. I seem never to find out about things until I can't possibly be ready in time. Perhaps it's Fate saying I'm not ready yet?

  4. I understand the feelings of nervousness, but I think that disappears soon after you've sent the work off. Once it's out of your hands, you can forget about it and start something new. And you'll feel a glow of satisfaction that you managed to take that brave step and let it go. Sometimes I won't let myself start a new story until I have sent off the ones that are hanging around and that I have agonised about. I just check them one more time and make myself send them. I always feel a sense of relief afterwards.

    Congratulations on your award!

  5. I entered a few years ago, but I didn't tell anyone for fear of it all going pear-shaped! Good luck if you do decide to enter.

  6. Good luck if you enter. I don't have anything the right length either, but I'm getting interested in keeping tract of contests for the future.

    Congratulations on your award.

  7. Congratulations on your award.

    The best of luck if you decide to go for the competition.



I appreciate all your comments, thank you!