Sunday, June 01, 2008

Good things happen if you'll just open your eyes!

So I was like...working *cough-cough* and noticed my name on a post by a buddy of mine (Thanks Jennifer!!!). She was sending out congrats to me for being a finalist in a contest I had entered. I'd pretty much given up on hoping because they were supposed to have announced the winners by May 30th and nothing has been updated on the website as of this morning. AND...I never received notification. It probably wound up in my junk mail folder and I didn't recognise the name or the subject matter and trashed it.

Congrats also goes out to my OKRWA chaptermate Robin Perini for being a finalist...twice! She finaled in two categories!! You go girl!!

WooHoo!!!

This is the ms I'd entered in their contest last year and didn't follow guidelines. (I'll play stupid since it was my first ms and first contest!) It is a first chapter contest where they score 30 points on the hero/heroine first interaction. Mine didn't meet until chapter two...but I still scored a 71 and 79. Go figure. I later won an online pitch through eHQ and was rejected. I made the changes the editor suggested and decided to try the Dixie contest again to see how they liked the ms now.

WooHoo!!

The Magnolia State Romance Writers Chapter of RWA is pleased to announce the finalists of the 12th Annual Dixie First Chapter Contest.

Contemporary

Kiss Me Cowboy
CHELLE SANDELL (See me Snoopy Dance!!)
Spaz

Proof And Consequences
DONNA MEIER

Texas Hold'er
JUNE LOVE

Historical

Maiden Widow
VICTORIA WHITAKER

The Masquerading Duke
STEPHIE SMITH

Fatal Fortune
JOANNE BARNABA

Inspirational

Dead Letter
C J EERNISSE CHASE

Undercover Marriage
KELLY ANN RILEY

Knowing Grace
DEBRA E MARVIN

Paranormal/Futuristic/Time Travel

Fallen Angels In Paradise
CATHY LEMING

Dark Guardian
ROBIN L PERINI

Bluebeard's Hunger
ELLA DRAKE

Romantic Suspense

In Cold Storage
KATHY-DIANE LEVEILLE

Truth And Consequences
ROBIN L PERINI

Pleasant Lake P.D.
KELLY FITZPATRICK

Super Sexy

Heart for Hire
MARY RHYAN

Rock Hard
DEE CYMBER

Waking The Witch
LISA WHITEFERN

10 comments:

Ellen said...

CONGRATULATIONS CHELLE!!!!!!

Chelle Sandell said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It's just now starting to sink in. This is pretty cool!!

Angela Jefferson said...

Congrats, Chelle! I'm proud of you!

Chelle Sandell said...

THANK YOU!!! I feel like I need to stand on a chair and yell out a huge thanks to my crit partners!!!

Chicki said...

Chelle,

That's fabulous! I'm sorry I didn't see this earlier, but I've been a little out of it.

Finaling in a contest like this is so encouraging. I'm proud of you, girl!

BTW, I'm back to blogging today.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yay!!!

Congrats again!! So excited for you!!

Annie Doyle said...

**~~FANTABULOUS!! You ROCK~~**

Chelle Sandell said...

Thank you guys so much!! I owe you so much for your help and support!!

Bella said...

Missed this, Chelle, congrats. Never won a contest and usually marvel and (being honest here) envy those who do. Hope t o see it in print soon.

Bella

Chelle Sandell said...

Thank you, Bella! I hate paying for contests but picked this particular one so I could try to get my ms back in front of Wanda Ottewell. She's the editor who rejected it but gave great suggestions as to how I could fix it. Guess I did something right. I have to give credit to you guys! I sooo appreciate having such an incredible group of writers in our crit group!!