Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Can you FEEL THE HEAT?!!


Yesterday I'd all but given up any hope of placing in the Mills & Boon Feel The Heat contest at Iheart Presents, but this morning I woke up to an email from Joanne Carr, editor of Modern Heat.

I'm not THE WINNER but I am one of the Runners Up, which is such an exciting prize in itself. I've won an editorial critique with Lucy Gilmore. I cannot profess how ecstatic I am to have won this prize. I was going to throw myself back into this mss after a month off working on another submission, but now I'm gonna enjoy a few days break away with the family and wait until I've spoken to Lucy before continuing.

Hopefully with Lucy's editorial wisdom and insight, I'll be able to make this mss my best one yet!!

Now I really wish I could drink some champers!!!


Christina Phillips said...

How exciting, Rach! Huge congrats on finalling, and the editorial critique with a M&B editor is a fab prize!

Natalie Anderson said...

HUGE congratulations Rach - what a wonderful opportunity and a boost to yourself! Wishing you all the best for your talk with the ed and that many good things come from it!

Sussan Marz said...

Happy, happy, joy, joy. Mega congratulations, Rach. I'll have a drink for you (I'm nice like that :-)).

Monique Wood said...

WOW! Congratulations! That is so exciting. You must be pinching yourself. One step closer to publication. Well done :-)

bec_s said...

So, how cool ARE you????
Congrats, so well deserved. And here's to you with some more of that imaginary champers (drat those december bubs).

Bronwyn Jameson said...

Rach, what a super result and prize. Mega-congratulations. You will learn so much from the editorial input, not just for this story but for your writing ever after.

(If you twist my arm, I will have the champagne on your behalf.)


The Dribbler said...

Tick, tock, tick, tock. The publishing clock's just about hit twelve for you, my dear. Won't be long and you'll be regaling us with your call story.

Once more, huuuuuge congratulations, Rach. Couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Here's hoping you get a request for the full, and then a lovely fat, multi book contract.

Then when you're famous, I can point and say, "I know her!"

Nicola Marsh said...

Fabulous news, Rach, congrats!

Lucy is my editor and she's lovely :)

Joanne said...

Congrats Rach - such fabulous news!!!

I am sooo excited for you. Can 't wait to hear how your ed crit goes with Lucy :)

Cheers, Joanne

Kirsty C said...

Yay Rach, you clever duck.

Wont be long now, surely. Contests here, full submissions there - I can't keep up with you!

Enjoy the break with your family, you deserve it.

Congrats again,

Rachael Johns said...

Thanks Christina, Natalie, Sussan, Monique, Bec, Bron, Cath, Nicola, Joanne and Kirsty - it's so exciting to be able to share this opportunity with all you wonderful people.

To Bec, Joanne and Cath who've all read this chapter, your ethusiasm makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

To Natalie, Bron and Nicola - thanks for taking the time out of your busy writing schedules to pop by... it means SO MUCH!!!

And Bron... by all means.. have as much champers as you can on behalf :)

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Congratulations Rach, way to go... coming in a bit late but been busy pushing out those words... wow, your news has been full on lately. Keep it up and all the best,

Sami Lee said...

Everything's happening for you at the moment Rach. 2008/09 is going to be your year, I can feel it.

Eleni Konstantine said...

That's such fabulous news Rach!! Congrats on finalling. I'm sure you will be getting your call story real soon :)

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Amanda Knight said...

WOO HOOO WOOO HOOOO! OMG Rach this is so fabulous - I can't believe I have been away from blogger land and missed all the excitement - you are just a super star!! Big hug and kiss xxxx

PS - Who/what is Rachael Denton??!!

B.H. Dark said...

Congratulations Rachael! That is fantastic news!

(B.H. Dark is really Julie Cohen)

Rachael Johns said...

Thanks Sami, Suz, Eleni, Amanda and Julie - sharing this with all you wonderful writers, makes the success all the more sweet!

Now... I better get back to finishing this mss!