On September 13th 2011 Mills and Boon launch their second global search for fresh writing talent to join Mills & Boon’s galaxy of romantic fiction stars.
For more information go to the dedicated Mills and Boon website here
You'll also find a lively debate and lots of advice on the New Voices Facebook page here
As part of the New Voices programme, I will be giving a workshop at Pontardawe Library at the end of August, so if you're in the south/south-west Wales area, do look out for more information on that.
Since the competition starts with the first chapter, I'm directing you to an article on my website, which I hope will help you make the leap from the idea in your head to the important first lines on the page.
Meanwhile, here are a few points to consider before you put pen to paper –
- start at the moment of change - what has just happened that will change your heroine's life?
- with action, not introspection - you want your reader to follow your characters.
- with character, not scenery, or weather - unless the heroine is about to be swept away by a flash flood in which case you have both the above!
And here are some important points from one of my characters who just happened to be an author: -
Two of last year's New Voices authors have already been bought by Mills and Boon; several more are working with editors and hope to make the leap to published author soon. This is an amazing opportunity to get your writing noticed so get started!