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.
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 Are offering a chance for unpublished writers to make their debut.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
So I am meant to be editing Compliant, or writing one of the two books I am working on. Or probably better yet making a start on pancakes for the kids lunch or the brownies for footy tomorrow.
But I made a huge mistake (Aside from finally letting myself watch the promo episode of the Walking Dead. But that’s a whole other post) I jumped on Twitter.
Currently Pantera Press is having an open house with the NSW Writer’s Center. It’s absolutely fabulous and if you’re on Twitter Check it out under the hash tag #PPOpenHouse, or either of the other two’s twitter pages. It’s been incredibly informative.
Among the suggestions and talk was another hashtag #mswl. I was curious as it’s something I had seen been used before but was clueless as to what it meant.
It’s a hashtag used by publishers, literary agents, editors, etc in order to promote the manuscripts they are currently seeking. Can I say ‘Oh My God!? This is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to get published and are not sure if your manuscript is ready to face the world.
Be sure to check out the website Manuscript Wishlist. Hopefully it can help bring together writers and publishers and fill our shelves with some more pretty amazing adventures.