Friday, October 24, 2008

Follow up & Good News!

Well better late than never, I always say. My conference was already a month ago. Where does the time go?

I guess we had Thanksgiving in there and another full day seminar in Toronto, plus tickets to THE SOUND OF MUSIC (excellent production), so I've been a bit busy.

First the follow up:

Other than a few minor glitches, the Ottawa Writers' Conference went well. I learned something from every speaker. Some were more interesting than others but all in all, well worth the trip. I even made it through my pitch with Brenda Chin from Harlequin. She is so nice and gave me some advice which I may or may not take. Anyways, always interesting to hear what editors are looking for.

Now my news:

I am a finalist in the GOLDEN PEN contest!! All day on Monday, I waited for an email or the phone to ring. Finally in the evening I decided I didn't final. However, they are several hours behind us, so it was still afternoon there! And I finally got the email! So I spent the next 2 days madly reading the judges suggestions and revising my entry to send in again. This time my dream editor from Steeple Hill, Melissa Endlich, will be judging it. The worst I can come in is third which is still wonderful. I'll find out mid-December. So we wait again!


Keli Gwyn said...


Glad you enjoyed the conference, got a lot out of the workshops you attended and had a successful pitch session.

Congrats on your Golden Pen final. Awesome news! I'll be eager to hear your placement.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Sue, this is such great news. You're really getting your writing out there and I applaud you for all the effort it takes to do so. And the courage!

I'm really hoping to get my act and confidence together soon to start submitting to numerous contest, too.

I'll be checking in to see how you did in the finals. I pray well!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Thanks Keli & Eileen!

Always nice to hear from you. I hope you can enter some contests, Eileen. They are great for feedback - good and bad.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Hey, Sue, I'm tagging you for a meme of seven bookish things about you. If you have time and are interested, please see the rules in the following link and I look forward to reading yours!



Jessica said...

Huge congrats! I think I entered that contest and did NOT final. LOL
Nice to know who beat me. Hehee
Anyways, I saw you tagged over at Eileen's so thought I'd check out your blog.
It's pretty cool that you got to go to a conference and pitch an editor.
Good luck with your revisions!