Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Exciting times!

It’s been an exciting time for some of the ladies in my UCW group (that’s Up and Coming Writers for those of you who don't know)

Ally is waiting for her first book to hit that stands

Kiru is editing her first booking as we speak

Doris is two steps away from getting signed

Suz is rocking with her mag reviews

and now Karin has won the chance to pitch to Harlequin Medical Romance line.

I know! Properly exciting!! Even though I am not at that point myself, I think I speak for the rest of the group too when I say, I am seriously so proud and please for each of them! When I read the message Karin put out yesterday about winning the chance to pitch, I was leaving the gym and was in the middle of tourist hell, otherwise known as the theatre district in central London, when I actually squealed....funny how tourists move out of your way when they think you have lost your marbles!

To top of what had started out as a pretty crappy Monday, Mills and Boon tweeted that they had some "exciting news for new writers coming in April" sooooo looks there is a New Voices 2011 on the horizon! Although I am not sure my stress levels can handle another attempt at that!

To all those mentioned above can I just say GOOD LUCK LADIES - ROCK THE HOUSE!!! For those of you, like me, who have not quite got to that point yet just remember Rome wasn't built in a day and JK Rowling was not found over night! We will all get there some day never you worry!

Now stop distracting me I have actual work to do!! Oh and on that note can I just remind you as the groups official IT GEEK my going rate for my services is a mention in the dedication of your first published book!!  :P Something like "Cherie is an IT wizard!!"  But I will leave you to fine tune it!  Hahahahahahahahahaha :D  

Saturday, 26 March 2011

My frist attempt at a meaningful blog.........

So this is my first blog and I have been wondering all day what I should write on here. I really wanted it to be a meaningful and insightful post, something to grab the readers’ attention..........as the ladies of my UCW group can attest I have been procrastinating all darn day. So this is what I have come up with.

First a little introduction, my name is Cherie and I am *takes a deep breath* a daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt, God mother and friend. I am also an IT geek by trade but am slowly trying to change that to writer, author, wordsmith...well you get the general idea.

I have written stories for years and only two people in the whole world have ever seen that work (hay Tracy and Kay) that was until last year when I was ready a Mills and Boon book, having finished I noticed a little ad in the back, a call to arms if you will for new writers to come and have a go if they thought they were hard enough. The New Voices Competition. So me being me I thought you know what it’s time I really gave this writing lark a try, at this point I hadn’t written a word really in years, my love for it had died.

So taking a deep breath and girding the old loins I sat down at a pc (did I mention I was an IT geek by trade?) and let my fingers go. My entry was called First Order of Business and although it needed more work than I can ever explain it got loads of great feed back. For the first time every all my friends and family knew what I really wanted to be a writer or at least trying to be.

As I said I didn’t win the competition but I got so much more, I found a group of gals who are in a similar boat to me, published authors in waiting, and with them I have started to really find my voice, my confidence and my passion again. In the group are such inspiring and inspired writers that it challenges you to come up to their level to achieve their standard and to be what we have always dreamed of being, simply a good writer.

Of late I have been hitting a wall after wall with my writing. I started out really wanting to finish the story I had started in the New Voices competition but I became so fixated on it I lost sight of the whole thing, I had to walk away from it and try to write something new, I start a story and really enjoy writing it, go hell for leather churning out chapters then I would loose interested because I can’t seem to get the story out of my head and on to the page. If I don’t enjoy the story anymore than how can I expect the reader to?? So I thought let me start putting it all out there, let someone else read my blurb (because I really think my UCW ladies are so over reading and rereading my attempts)  and see if that gets my focus back. I will have all the partial up here soon (as soon as I figure out how exactly I do that)

For now thanks for reading and hopefully this will help or perhaps I will take it down and try something new, hay its all about trial and error here!!!