What It Means to Win An Editor for a Year!
by Tessa Shapcott, Executive Editor Harlequin Presents
Loads of people have been asking about our fabulous first prize in our Instant Seduction First Chapter and Synopsis competition â€“ win yourself an editor for a year.Â What would happen if you did?
At Harlequin Mills & Boon, weâ€™ve always taken aspiring writers very seriously.Â Weâ€™re one of the last publishing houses around that still accepts unsolicited submissions and reads them (all of them!).Â Â If aspiring writers show promise, then we do our best to help them develop their work to publication standard by offering them support and advice.
Itâ€™s our belief that the editor-author relationship is paramount in delivering the very best books to our readers.Â Writing can be the best job in the world, but also the loneliest.Â Sometimes, another eye is just what you need when you canâ€™t quite think of a way to resolve the conflict between your hero and heroine, another perspective can give you the push that you need to really mine your storyâ€™s potential.Â And, of course, your editor has her finger on the pulse when it comes to market trends and whatâ€™s selling and whatâ€™s not.
Winning yourself an editor for a year gives you the chance to progress your writing.Â The editor will work with you on your winning first chapter, encourage you to either complete the rest of the book, or maybe start on something fresh.Â At pre-arranged and mutually convenient times, she will call you for a chat to see how youâ€™re getting on and maybe offer some constructive comments about what youâ€™ve been working on.Â You will get the chance to ask all those burning questions that you may have and get to know more about the romance business.
Just one word of advice about expectations: if you are the lucky winner, the editor will not be able to wave a magic wand and make you and your manuscript instantly publishable.Â Nor will winning guarantee a book deal, though we hope that will be the eventual outcome. The year ahead for the taker of the first prize will be challenging and hard work.Â But the editor will offer her help and experience to you and guide you through the process of listening, learning and implementing to make your work the best it can be.
We canâ€™t wait to see your entries for the chance to win this wonderful opportunity.
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