Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mills and Boon New Voices Competition 2011


In a little over a month Mills & Boon will be launching the New Voices Competition for 2011.  The winner receives an editor for one year, an opportunity to enter into a publishing contract, an iPad and a Mills & Boon book hamper.

It really doesn't suck, does it?

We were lucky enough to have the winner from last year, lovely Leah Ashton, right here with us pre-published folk on The Wall of Fame.  I'd love it if another one of us could take the title out again this year.

The Wall of Fame will be back for 2011 and this year it will be bigger and better because as we speak I'm setting up the Lacey Devlin Twitter account and when you submit  you'll not just be posted on the blog wall but on Twitter too.  This is a public domain X-Factor competition and it can scare the pants off you but it really is a lot of fun and a little exposure never hurt anyone.  So make sure you let me know if you're entering, and when you do send me a link to your entry so I can post it .  A little moral support can go a long way.

The New Voices blog badges will also be back for 2011, so you'll be able to link your entry to your blog in style.

So what else do I know about the competition that you might have missed?

Mills & Boon authors are mighty generous with their time and the lovely Liz Fielding and Jessica Hart have already written posts to help us out.

Check out Liz Fielding's NV post here.

Find Jessica Hart's NV post here.

Keep up-to-date with information right from the source at the NV facebook page (you can ask questions too) here.

M&B and Leah Ashton strongly recommend that you start writing before the competition launches because the rounds are close together.  If you are shortlisted you will only have a few days to write the second chapter.  Trying to do that could result in nervous breakdown.

Last but not least, Lynn Raye Harris has a blog post about the good, the bad, and the ugly of reviews and comments on your work that I highly recommend for first time NV's.  I particularly like one comment by Darcy who suggests replacing each verb ("or heck as many words as possible") with smurf.  Suddenly that one nasty comment is great entertainment.

I think this might also work when listening to your boss...

You can find more information on the competition at the official website.  Entry details can be found in the terms and conditions here.

Happy writing!

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11 comments:

Anne MacFarlane said...

Lacey, haven't decided if I'm tough enough to handle all that public criticism. Ouch.

Lacey Devlin said...

I think you'd do wonderfully, Anne! It's such an incredible opportunity, it really is hard to pass up, isn't it?

The criticism isn't as bad as you might think. There's always a nasty nut out there, but it'd just be bad luck if they found your entry. The genuine comments are more about encouragement or advice.

You can avoid the majority of comments if you submit toward the end of Round 1 when there are hundreds of entries to read. And you don't have to read them at all if you don't want to :-)

Suzanne Jones said...

Your Wall of Fame was a great idea, Lacey. I'm not planning to enter this year, but I'll be cheering you all on.

XX

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for the heads-up about the competition, Lacey!

Lacey Devlin said...

Suz - I'm not planning on entering either :-( but I think it will be just as much fun to cheer everyone on.

Talli - You're very welcome :-)

Nas Dean said...

Hi Lacey,

You gave some great advice to Anne, girl. I applaud you.

Aimee Carson said...

Good luck to everyone who enters! And your Wall of Fame is awesome, Lacey:)

Lacey Devlin said...

Thanks, Nas. I'd love to get my hands on some of Anne's work :-)

Lacey Devlin said...

Aimee - It's exciting to think that by November there'll be a new addition to the Harlequin author team. I love the cover of the New Voices anthology too. I hope it looks just like that when it reaches Australia.

Jackie Ashenden said...

Great post, Lacey! And great encouragement. :-)

Lacey Devlin said...

Thanks, Jackie!