Isn’t it funny how the things you do with no expectation of success often surprise you the most?
I was tickled pink recently to be longlisted, thrilled to be shortlisted, and absolutely delighted to make Top Five and earn an Honourable Mention in the Just Write for Kids Pitch It Competition, especially coming hot on the heels of being shortlisted (but missing out) on a mentorship in Pitch Wars.
The feedback I received from the Just Write for Kids judges was insightful and encouraging, and put a fire in my belly to push on with polishing and submitting my middle grade manuscript. I can’t thank them enough for that.
Receiving the Honourable Mention also reminded me of the importance of silencing niggly self-doubts and taking that leap of faith. You just never know where you’ll land.
So where to from here? After further beta reader feedback (and no doubt further editing), my story will be off to my editor in January for her guidance and suggestions. Then more editing, I expect! Wish me luck!
Hope your writing puts a fire in your belly,
Have you ever taken a leap of faith that has landed you somewhere unexpected?