If you've got a manuscript you're working on and need some editing, this is the contest for you! The grand prize will get it polished, and take a look at the list of editors (one of which is mine) below who will read your work! The deadline is soon, so get your entry fee in today!
2013 Hot Prospects Contest
Sponsor: Valley of the Sun Romance Writers
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Looking to sign your first book contract, switch from a small press to a large
publisher or simply explore another genre of romantic fiction? Turn up the heat
on your writing career with the Hot Prospects Contest.
GRAND PRIZE: The grand prize winner of the contest will have their
entire manuscript (400 pages, Courier, 12pt, Double spaced) reviewed by
two professional editors at The Author's Red Room. TheAuthorsRedRoom.com
Announcement by a former winner:
I entered the Hot Prospects contest in 2011 and placed first in the
Contemporary Single Title category and won the Grand Prize overall with
my erotic legal thriller, Legally Mastered (now Legal Heat by Sarah
Castille). The feedback I got from the contest judges was invaluable in
helping me polish my book and that year I landed an agent, and a
publishing contract with Samhain Publishing and then a second publishing
contract with Sourcebooks Casablanca the following year. The Hot
Prospects contest was very well run and I recommend it to all my romance
Fee: $25 for Valley of the Sun RWA chapter members
$30 for non-chapter members
Chapter website has PayPal capability. www.valleyofthesunrw.com
Postmark Deadline: September 1st, 2013
E-Submit Deadline: September 1st, 2013
Eligibility: The Hot Prospects Contest is open to any work uncontracted and
unpublished at the time of entry.
Enter: 3-5-page synopsis and up to the first 25 pages of story (30 pages max). Entry or
synopsis may be shorter, but neither may be longer than specified.
Categories/Judges: Trained judges for preliminary round
Final round judges
Editor - Holly Blanck, St. Martins
Senior Editor - Esi Sogah, Kensington
2) Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal
Assistant Editor - Kelly Quinn, Tor
Editor –Kristine Swartz, Assistant Editor, The Berkley Publishing Group
3) Romantic Suspense
Editorial Assistant- Lauren Plude, Grand Central Publishing
Editor Samhain -Tera Kleinfelter
4) Contemporary Long/Single Title
Editor –Deborah Werksman, Sourcebooks, Inc
Editor at large, Sue Grimshaw, Random House
5) Series Contemporary
Associate Editor – Johanna Raisanen, Harlequin
Senior Editor Sweetheart Rose – Leanne Morgena, The Wild Rose Press
For More Information, entry form, and rules, see website at
www.valleyofthesunrw.com For questions please email Voshotprospects@yahoo.com
Those entries that do not final will be returned approximately October 30th,
2013 to help those who plan to enter RWA's Golden Heart.
Valley of the Sun Hot Prospects Chair
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Err, well, actually it was yesterday, but I had another post I had to put up, so sharing this with you all today. We consult on our books together, so if you like my stories, you'll probably like hers, although she's just a touch darker than I am. Here's the ad she did with all the info about her book, and trust me, this is a book (and series) that will go on your keeper shelf. Mesmerizing, fascinating, can't-put-it-down story...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Yes, I received both my awards this year....
The green marble is real cause they are very heavy! I had to buy metal stands for them. Aren't they gorgeous?
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
My nephew is a talented guitarist with the band BLINDSIDE DROP, please 'like' them here: https://www.facebook.com/ksfyoungadultproject
They are going for the Kentucky State Fair Young Adult Project to perform at their local state fair. This may be their last performance, as many of them are off to college. Part of the judging involves the number of 'likes' they can get on the website page for the project, and trust me, it would be very much appreciated if you could stop by for a sec and visit them (you must have a facebook account or sign up for one in order to do so). Here's the live link to 'like' BLINDSIDE DROP (click on the 'like' button just below their photo):
Thanks a million!
Thanks a million!