Learn Something New Every Day!

Hmmm… Well….

I’ve learned something new in the past few days… so it can’t all be bad. 🙂

TAKE-HOME LESSON NUMBER ONE: Use only ONE year for all ‘first’ copyrights for a book. (helps to not do all this in December and January, LOL).

TAKE-HOME LESSON NUMBER TWO: If you have any queries, ASK. I usually do, but must not have, as have no email record of it.

TAKE-HOME LESSON NUMBER THREE: When you lose, be nice about it. I did, and it made all the difference to their committee and I over the last 24 hours.

A little bad news for me today (but fantastic news for another lucky finalist!)

There have been copyright date issues regarding my entry in the Virginia Romance Writers HOLT Contest, where I was a finalist in both the Best New Book and the Best Romantic Suspense categories.


I entered it by the USA copyright date (2015), which was correct for the competition, but it was listed online still with the original NZ copyright date (2014), which was correct at the time they were posted. A further challenge was the fact that I’d won the 2015 Koru Award Best First Novel, which required a 2014 copyright date (NZ contest, NZ copyright). I believed the NZ copyright date had no bearing upon international rights with respect to this contest.

My mistake.

A not insignificant one, it turns out.

While I have been disqualified, the Virginia Romance Writers and their Contests Committee have been kind enough to refund my entry fee and I plan to enter their competitions in future, with other books. They have given me their blessing on this. 🙂


Still smiling.

Steps of artmarket

Plus, I still have the comfort of knowing A Long Trail Rolling was one of only four finalists in two categories of a contest with over 400 entries.

That’s nice. 🙂

long trail

Thankfully, Australia’s RUBY contest entry conditions are based upon publication date. My fingers are firmly crossed.

Thanks for the kind words, all,


PS, my new FB pages are:

Lizzi Tremayne Author Facebook page

This is attached to my Elizabeth Anne Thompson Facebook page

My previous Lizzi Tremayne Facebook page will be deleted soon…Tidy-up time!

Take care, I smell my chutney burning…. speaking of which, will post on that soon!






… And the winner is…… A LONG TRAIL ROLLING, by Lizzi Tremayne!

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!

Accepting prize for A Long Trail Rolling first place in the Pacific Hearts Award 2014
Accepting prize for A Long Trail Rolling first place in the Pacific Hearts Award 2014

The awards dinner was great, and fellow Coast to Coast Chapter RWNZ member Sheryl Buchanan won second place in the same competition!

Sheryl, the second place-getter for the Pacific Hearts Award, and her husband.

The C2C’ers who went to the Awards Dinner, Sheryl and her husband, Khushi, Bernadette, Netta, Iola, Catherine, Me, Matthew and Paul.
Netta and Paul
I felt like a princess…..
Bernadette and Netta’s husband Paul

Iola and Catherine

A great time was had by all!

The new trophy for my Writing Trophy Bookcase!

My Writing Awards… From Top Left: Trophy for Best Practitioner Publication by an Equine Practitioner 2010 “Equine Dentistry”. Top right: Trophy and ribbon for Pacific Hearts Award 2014. Lower Left: ribbon for Finalist in Great Beginnings 2013.

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!



HMB Great Beginnings Competition Entry Posted!

Hello all!

The first 5000 words of the latest edited version (edition!) of Express Desire and 700 word synopsis have been submitted to the HMB Great Beginnings Competition in the Historical category!  Thank you especially to my great critique partner, Jen, or as you all know her, Angela Castle!

After two days of editing, cannot wait to return to my nearly-completed first draft of the Express Desire manuscript! 

In response to those who keep asking me WHEN it will be available, my answer is SOON!!!!

Thanks for asking!

Regards and have a great day!

Lizzi Tremayne