Well… the fabulous news is that I came third in the RWNZ Great Beginnings contest. The finalists were judged by Kimberley Young of M&B and she gave me some comments on my first chap and synopsis.
Overall she said they loved my voice but I need to be careful of forcing humour; the hero is strong and the heroine’s emotional conflicts progress well BUT there could be MORE between them AND although they loved the set-up (a road-trip) part of the conflict feels plot-driven and is therefore CONTRIVED!!!
ARGH!!! Can you hear me screaming?
I have two things bothering me now a) what the hell does contrived mean exactly, cos I’ve read so many category romances that are fabulous but seem far more contrived than mine and b) if the mss wasn’t requested from the contest, what chance have I got that the full of the partial (currently with the editor working with me) will be requested.
So… while I’m pondering what moves I should make next with regards to rewrites, totally new stories or just waiting it out to see what happens, I’d love to hear your opinion on what exactly a contrived plot is!! Any ideas…