Friday, July 15, 2011

Countdown to Conference: Clendon results

Only four more weeks!

The Clendon results are out!

Although I didn't final in this year's contest I had one manuscript Highly Commended and a second one Commended. These last few months have been so full on with settling all the details involved with selling our business I had completely forgotten I'd entered two manuscripts....how's that for a memory lapse?

Also known as "Finish The Damn Book" this contest had catapulted so many down under writers into publication. It has become one of the premier contests to enter. The Clendon is unique in that preliminary judging is done by readers not other writers.

Readers are a very savvy group. They know what they like.

Unlike other contests where the preliminary judging is done by writing peers, readers are not hung up on  technical details like Point Of View and all the other myriad details writers are trained to pick up on.

Readers are in it for the sheer joy of a darn good read.

Barbara Clendon made the comment that the standard is now very high. And to be a finalist the bar is high.

So in that context having two manuscripts commended is very rewarding.

I am so looking forward to the conference. Bob Mayer is our keynote speaker. This top selling author is giving an all day lecture on writing and constructing a novel. One thing I've learned in this sphere is you can never have enough opportunities to learn.

The one great advantage to belonging to a group as diverse as The Romance Writers of New Zealand is the opportunities it gives writers to hone their craft.

We may be at the end of the earth but New Zealand and Australian writers have truly made their presence felt on the world literary scene.

Nalini Singh a previous winner of the Clendon is now regularly on the New York  Times Bestseller list.

This is why writers strive so hard to capture this wonderful prize.  
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