Barbara Vey -- September 16th, 2013

So You Think You Can Write is a free 24/7 online conference that will take place September 16–20, 2013 that is sponsored by Harlequin and MIlls and Boon.  This 5 day conference is the precursor to the So You Think You Can Write contest.

According to Harlequin, “So You Think You Can Write allows hopeful romance novelists to spend a week with more than 50 Harlequin and Mills & Boon editors from Toronto, New York and London through social media tools including podcasts, webinars, blogs, live chats, writing challenges, community discussions and Twitter events. Aspiring authors will attend a virtual romance-writing “boot camp” designed to teach them how to write a romance novel that will attract the attention of publishers.  So You Think You Can Write has been organized in such a way as to help participants prepare completed manuscripts for submission to the So You Think You Can Write contests beginning September 23.”

Winner of the 2012 SYTYCAW Jennifer Hayward

The contest itself offers writers the opportunity to take the journey other published authors have in the past.  Writers will be asked to submit a first chapter and a pitch.  Editors will whittle down the entries and request full manuscripts.  The finalists will be posted online for the readers to vote on and the winner offered a contract.

In addition, “This year Harlequin is excited to be partnered with Wattpad, the world’s largest online community for discovering and sharing stories, to launch a New Adult genre contest hosted exclusively on Wattpad. Beginning September 23, writers will be able to upload their chapters online for immediate feedback from Wattpad’s community of 16-million avid readers. Harlequin and Mills & Boon editors will select four winning manuscripts from the completed Wattpad entries and award contracts to their respective authors for the publisher’s New Adult digital romance series.”

This is a terrific opportunity to get the feedback you might be missing as a writer.  With 24/7 editors available, there’s no excuse for not writing the book you want.

Bottom Line:  Even if you aren’t a winner here, free good advice is never anything to ignore.


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