Was anyone else thrilled by the distinct lack of the word “synopsis” in the competition? Mills & Boon have recently mentioned that there will be an opportunity for a brief summary of your story and on the author front the ‘s’ word has popped up in the forums. I bet you’re all hoping this is leaning toward a blurb rather than two pages of single spaced torture (I’m feeling dramatic today).
Advice pages from authors:
- Jessica Hart: Ten Top Tips on Writing First Chapters
- Michelle Styles: Top Tips from New Voices Workshop
Note: Mills & Boon are recommending that the pivotal moment be no more than 1000 words so that gives you 9K to divide between your two chapters. It's important to keep this in mind in order to submit a practical word count for the first chapter. I'd hate to see anyone write themselves into a corner.