Yep, we did it!
My first novel, A Long Trail Rolling, has won the 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award!
To say I’m pleased is a bit of an understatement! The big one I get to keep for this year, and a smaller version, inscribed with 2014, forever!
The conference was fantastic, with amazing speakers from New Zealand and overseas, including:
James Scott Bell, Marie Force and, Courtney Milan, Yvonne Lindsay, Trish Morey, bestselling authors
Jim Azevedo from Smashwords
Kevan Lyon from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Sue Brockhoff and Lilia Kanna from Harlequin Australia
Malle Vallik from Harlequin North America
Flo Nicoll from Harlequin UK
Sarah Fairhall, Penguin Australia
Karina Bliss, Yvonne Walus, Kamy Chetty, Lisa Whitefern and Frances Housden, award winning authors
With such a lineup, we couldn’t miss, other than not being physically able to attend every workshop!
The agents and editors took pitches throughout the weekend. I pitched A Long Trail Rolling and its sequels to:
Kevan Lyon, Founding Partner of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency,
Sue Brockhoff, Head of Publishing at Harlequin (Australia) and
Malle Vallik of Harlequin Digital Editorial Initiatives North America (Toronto)
They have all requested the full manuscript!
I’m sure it helps to have won the competition!
The awards dinner was great, and fellow Coast to Coast Chapter RWNZ member Sheryl Buchanan won second place in the same competition!
A great time was had by all!
The new trophy for my Writing Trophy Bookcase!
Oh, and for my spare time, I was promoted to Secretary of the RWNZ this year, so I should be able to keep up with what is going on!
I don’t think a conference could get much better for me…
Now back to work, to get these submissions finished!
No rest for the wicked!
Take care, all!