SYTYCW Contest from Harlequin

Barbara Vey -- September 17th, 2012

Today kicks off the So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) Online Conference offered by Harlequin.  This whole week they will be offering 24/7 advice by over 50 Harlequin/Mills & Boon editors.  One lucky writer will be offered a contract.

The boot camp has started and the week will offer:

  • Day 1: Why Write for Harlequin/Mills & Boon?
  • Day 2: What is Harlequin?—Defining the Different Series
  • Day 3: Characters, Conflict and Plot
  • Day 4: Revising, Critiquing and Grammar
  • Day 5: Here Comes Success! Enter our Contest

Starting September 23rd, writers can submit their first chapter.  Public voting will help decide the top 25 submission and there will also be 3 wild card spots.  Editors will decide the final 3 full manuscripts and then it’s back to the public to vote on their favorite. They are offering blogs, podcasts, live chats, videos and Twitter events.

While I think winning the contest is terrific incentive, the bigger value is a week long event to get writers motivated and educated in what publishers and editors are looking for.  Not only that, but it’s free.  This is a no excuse kind of program.  If you’ve ever even considered writing, this is a terrific opportunity to ask any question you may have and have it answered.  You don’t have to go to conference in a far off city.  You can sit in your jammies and and learn all those little things you may not have been aware of.

Even if you don’t plan on writing for Harlequin, knowledge is king (or queen).  While we all think we may know it all, there may be that one gem of advice that makes you say, “I didn’t know that!”

Bottom Line:  Today is a good day to learn something new.


Monday Giveaways

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12 thoughts on “SYTYCW Contest from Harlequin

  1. Susan Carlisle

    As a Mills and Boon author I know first hand how supportive they can be. SYTYCW is a great way to get their attention and extend your chances of being published. So write and submit and submit and write. What do you have to lose?

  2. Liz Lincoln Steiner

    Thanks for sharing this, Barbara! I’d heard a little about it but didn’t quite know what it was. I’m a little overwhelmed reading all that will be offered. But it looks like a fabulous resource so I’ll be checking it out in all my spare time.

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