Below you will find my entry for Lynette Noni and Pantera Press’s cover reveal for the #Draekora #TheChosenOne competition. A 300 word limit sucked 😦 So hopefully all the important parts are there, cos my mind just rambled.
DRAEKORA IS RELEASED APRIL 1ST 2017, and from memory will be available for preorder from Pantera Press’s website. I promise you, you won’t be dispointed. You may laugh, you may (ok you will) cry, but it won’t disappoint.
Cover Reveal Entry
Firstly, what can I say, the Medoran Chronicles would have to be one of my favourite YA book series. It was one of the first fantasy series I have read. I tried so hard to read Harry Potter and just kept failing at it. But this series…Akarnae had me hook, line and sinker by the first couple of chapters. The sarcasm, the wit, the adventure, the strong characters who are relatable and are so laid back they just roll with it, just screams enjoyable.
Better still, not only did my 12 year old daughter love it, so did my 11 year old son. Both of which who never get along. This series has helped them find a common ground they can discuss and nag me together over when the next one is being released!
Raelia left us with a cliff hanger, and blubbering like an idiot. I swear to God, there had better be some surprise I’m not dead and don’t worry I’m back and my old witty, charming self again or I will lose it. I have a sneaking suspicion there is more to Kaiden than has been shown and I am really hoping he gets explored more (PLEASE, do not break my heart. PLEASE). I did try to reread the last couple of chapters for this review, but just couldn’t do it as I got too upset. Still hoping someone punished Lynette for that J.
As for the cover, I’m thinking blue will be the dominating colour. Probably closer to a sky blue. But regardless, if it follows the style of the previous two it will still be captivating even if it’s in leopard print (may not quite so much, but still…).
I’ve been sick with the flu for the last month, and I kid you not I am done! Seriously how long can it last? Fingers crossed it’s on the way out.
Anyway, I haven’t been up for writing much. I can barely handle looking at a screen for more than a couple of hours without a headache. As a result, I haven’t been able to finish a story. They all start great and then it’s all down hill from there. So I took to editing my old manuscripts.
Does anyone else ever read over their work and go…”Seriously, Word, what’s up with that?” Why is there double words like the the, or words missing that you could have sworn were there last time? I am beginning to feel like I’m either going crazy or Microsoft Word has a mind all of its own.
The Ampersand Prize with Hardie Grant opens Thursday, you can find it HERE on their website or through Twitter. Or through the post I posted earlier about it. It opens September 1st, closes September 16th.
I am thinking of submitting one of two manuscripts. I just can’t decide which one. Fingers crossed a couple more coffees will help with that or I may spent the next two weeks contemplating and miss out. Given my current mind set, that is most likely.
I did consider submitting a story to a publishing house but panicked and reconsidered, because I didn’t know if it was the right one. I even considered offering them access to my cloud drive and telling them to enjoy themselves. But I get the feeling it may not lead to a publishing contract. One can dream. With 10 completed manuscripts and eight started something might interest someone. Or not.
If you are looking at submitting to the Ampersand Prize, do it. There’s no harm in it and it’s a great way to get your name out there, have someone read your work and who knows you may be lucky enough to have it published. My fingers are crossed for you.
And now for a detailed description of my day…
Image Credits to The Funny Beaver
Images borrowed from Hardie Grant Publishing site.
So this came up in my Twitter feed a few moments ago. Hardie Grant, the publisher behind Billy B Brown, Minecraft books, Winnie the Pooh and more. Are offering a chance for unpublished writers to make their debut.
The Ampersand Prize started in 2012 and is home of winners Erin Gough and Melissa Keil. And is for middle grade and young adult novels. ONE submission per writer.
Entries open THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1st 2016
Entries close FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16th 2016
So now is an excellent time to start or finish off your project.
Your submission must be in .doc or .pdf format.
You must include:
- COVER SHEET (authors name, manuscript title, genre, word count, two sentence pitch of your story and a short author bio).
- ONE PAGE SYNOPSIS- (key plot points, character development and tell them the ending).
- FULL MANUSCRIPT (page numbers, font size 10 or 12 in a readable font, title in header or footer).
Submissions to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information check out their website Ampersand Prize. Or you can find them on Facebook, Twitter.
I am in no way endorsed by Hardie Grant, paid to write up or advertise, or even asked to publish this competition. I saw it online and thought you all might be interested.
Photo Credit to Scribe Publications (I borrowed it from their Facebook Post)
Competition closes: Monday 2nd May 2016 at 9am (Please note that the web link did originally post two dates, but I have since confirmed it with Scribe Publications. It is definitely due 2/5/16)
Age Limits: 30 and under.
Residency requirements: Australian Resident
Weblink: Scribe Publications – The Scribe Non Fiction Prize for Young Writers
Word limit: 5,000 – 10,000 words
Genre: All forms of nonfiction accepted, including essays, journalism, memoirs and creative non fiction.
Prize: $3,000 cash
Editorial mentorship to help develop your work ready for publication.
And a range of new release Scribe books
For submission guidelines, terms and conditions and the link to submit please see the competition page at Express Media.