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What others say about Happy Endings, Inc.

Friday, September 29, 2006

I received my first and second round scores back from the ACFW Genesis contest today and thought I’d share some of the wonderful comments I received from the five judges:
–Great dialogue! Very impressive.

–You have a great grasp of POV and the plot moves very well.

–I am completely intrigued to find out what George’s real purpose is, and I think you did an excellent job stringing me along and dropping a few little hints that piqued my curiosity. Nothing’s predictable about this story, which is wonderful.

–The dialogue in this story is easy to follow and reveals details about the character interaction.

–You’re a good writer and your writing is easy to read . . . I can totally see this as a published book. And I can’t wait to read the rest of it.

–I admit I was skeptical because it’s another ‘Wedding Planner’ scenario. But you’ve pulled it off!

–George: Terrific mystique about him. He’s strong hero material!

–You have a unique, memorable voice, especially suited for romantic humor and suspense. You’ve mastered the techniques of fiction writing and have developed your own distinct style.

–You are a sparkling jewel on the Nile ready for sail-sale! Really! If you don’t already have an agent, get one ASAP!

With only one or two exceptions (and a judge who I don’t think read the same manuscript as everyone else based on her very negative feedback and questions/“I don’t understand what you mean here” comments throughout the pages), all of the places where I got scored lower are on areas of the chapters I have since edited. As I read through them all I kept thinking was, I changed that. I took that out. I deleted that paragraph. I took out those repeated words. I took out that character completely. . . . and so on. So, I guess I’m definitely headed in the right direction!

One Comment
  1. Erica Vetsch permalink
    Friday, September 29, 2006 9:37 pm

    Whenever I enter a contest, I tend to sit and stare at the results envelope for awhile, gathering my courage before I open it. I know I’ve grown in leaps and bounds as a writer, so the most recent round was much more positive than the first contest I entered. Isn’t it nice to see growth?

    Your comments sound wonderfully encouraging. Randy Ingermanson told me once that the hardest part of being unpublished was the time right before it happened. He said not to quit, to keep knocking on that door until it opened. You sound like you’re well on your way. I can’t wait to send that congratulatory email when the news breaks of your first contract.


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