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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Exciting News

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This post is going to be very short. I don't have a recipe to share, or anything about my thoughts on health, or writing advice. Instead, I have some very exciting news. Well, exciting to me, anyways.

The company who sponsored the contest

I wrote a novel in November. Most of you know that. (To see my posts on that see this, this, and this. That last one is just celebrating my completion of National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo or NaNo.) Okay, now that I have that covered here's my story:

A family friend shared this contest with me about a month or so ago. I had to submit one to two chapters of my novel or 1500-3000 words of it by January 31st. Finalists would be selected to write up a proposal for their book and then a grand finalist would be selected to get their novel published through the company sponsoring the contest. I already wrote a novel, so all I had to do was edit one of the better scenes in it. The catch, though, was that I only had a week to perfect it.  (I forgot about the contest for a weeks. That's why I only had seven days.)

The next day, I asked my friend (who's read the whole novel) what the best part of my book was. She told me and I brought it to her. And she literally ripped it to shreds. In a good way! Trust me.  It helped in the end. But my pride took a major hit.

So after she wrote me her notes, I revised it over the next five days. Then, I had my family look over it and on January 31st submitted it. After waiting and waiting and waiting I just found out the results last night at 10 o'clock.

I'M A FINALIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm super duper excited. My novel could possibly be published! How awesome is that?! Now I have to write up my proposal, which should be easy, and submit it by March 31st. Is that exciting news or what?

So that's my news. I just had to share it with you all. :D



  1. Olivia that is awesome! Congrats! What is your novel about?

    1. Thanks! Umm... my novel is about 15 year old girl named Selena who goes across the Midwest to get medicine for her dying sister. The story is a bit more complex than that, but that's basically the best I can sum it all up. It's a dystopian novel (same genre as The Hunger Games).

  2. Congrats! Your hard work paid off! I'm so happy for you =)

  3. Anonymous2/17/2013

    Congratualtions! Amazing job! A million virtual cupcakes to you:)!!!!!
    I hope you win, and if you do, I'll buy your book:)

    1. Thanks! Yum- cupcakes. ;) We had chocolate ice cream with chocolate "magic shell" to celebrate (made with coconut milk of course). Thanks for the support. You're interested in writing, too, right? How's that going for you?

    2. Anonymous2/18/2013

      That sounds delicious and fun!:)
      Yes, I am interested in writing too!! So far,I'm just a fan fiction author, but I tend to write a lot of short stories!I've always wanted to write a novel, but whenever I start one I tend to think up some other idea and abandon it. Thumbs up to you for sticking by yours!!:)

    3. Well, would you be interested in beta-reading for me? After my first round of editing, that is. I need a fresh pair of eyes for each round of revisions. And I would totally critique your work to if you wanted. But, be warned, I'm kinda a harsh editor.

    4. Anonymous2/19/2013

      Of course I would!!! I'm not very farmiliar with beta reading, so you'd have to teach me a little about that:)

    5. You can see my post about beta-reading here: Most of it is on how I take criticism (which isn't well). Or you can look at any one of the articles here under the "Giving Critiques" column: This is my favorite writing website so I encourage you to explore it. Lots of valuable stuff.

      Thanks so much for offering to be a beta-reader for me. Once I finish the first round of editing I'll give it to you. Just let me know what would be the best way to contact you. I can do Google docs if you want. Thanks again!

  4. Anonymous2/21/2013

    Thanks for the link to the website! I'll be sure to click around!:)
    You are welcome! It is my pleasure to beta-read for you, and you seem like an amazing author! The best way to contact me is probably through email which is I look forward to reading it!!:)


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