Here is the rundown:
My writing "shows promise." They liked my premise, my twist on the traditional hook and the emotion in my synopsis.They had some reservations about my hero's nationality and some advice on how to fix him. Then they asked for three chapters of my next submission.
They also included three of the standard tips:
1. Ensure that your story and conflict are character-driven.So, new story to be written for Presents.
2. Focus on the internal emotional conflict of your characters.
3. Use secondary characters to add richness and depth to your central romance but don’t let them take over!
Since I loved the premise of the story I sent for the contest I'll still write it, with some adjustments, for Desire.
As I was moaning about the fact that now I had to come up with another clever premise for Presents, my critique partner Jen Lewis, who writes for Desire, reminded me that as a published author I would be expected to come up with at least three every year. She has a really good point, doesn't she?
And of course, I always repeat this great advice given to me awhile ago from Allison Brennan
You have not failed. Failed means you stopped writing because you didn't think you were good enough. You will never be a failure until you quitSmart Woman Allison is.
So, after a little disappointment early this morning, I'm feeling optimistic.
And, my eye appointment this morning was with the specialist who does my laser surgery to prevent detached retinas and everything is going very well. No more surgery this year. I get a whole year of freedom before I have to see her again. Great news.