Some of you may remember that late last year I was writing a novella for the Somerset National Novella Competition... well, I just got a phone call and I'm the state winner! I won against year 17-year-olds! They're flying me to Queensland in March for their Festival of Literature and I'll get to meet a bunch of authors and talk to publishing agents and everything!
OMG, congratulations!!! That's so amazing!! Where in QLD are you going? Brisbane?
That is so freaking amazing! Congrats Vestie! What state are you in? Maybe you will get to see Isobelle because she is doing a bunch of stuff out there I think. Maybe not the same area though.
Thank you XD I'm pretty sure it's on the Gold Coast but I find out more tonight when they email us the information about the festival and our flights etc. Arg, I'm so excited!!! [act]rolls along the floor[/act]
Oh Vestie!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not surprised; I loved your story. It was easily sophisticated enough to combat a few older teens.
[act]dances around[/act] I'm really happy for you :) :) :).
[act]joins Darga dancing[/act] I'm having fun spamming people's newsfeeds on Facebook XD [act]crushes cat in hug[/act]
I'm in Victoria :)
OML, congratulations Vestie, well deserved I'm sure. Enjoy it, you'll have a great time. Congratulations again, and just shows that being an older teen isn't always an advantage!
Just wondering if you can share a link though, I'd love to read it!
Woooooooooo! Go Vestie!
WOO! Awesome Vestie!! Was that for you Herb story!! [act]flails about screaming[/act]
Yep, that's the one. And no, I'll be wanting an autograph from you, Darga.
I'll put it up in my GoogleDocs and PM you a link, Daniel. You won't need permission to access it so it should work :)
And, yes, it was my original Herb story from last year :D
Nope, we need Vestie autographs!! Is it actually going to get published . . . because I am so buying it :D
[act]flails[/act] And to think our Vestie was sobbing a few days ago because she thought her Herb world and characters were silly!
Ha ha ha! You are amazing, Vestie :). It's just all too flaily. [act]flails[/act]
Can you PM the link to me too Vestie? I'd love to read it!
I don't know if and where it will be published but each state winner will be talking to Penguin agent people about their work etc. It may be available at the festival (possible) but 1) I don't actually know if it will be and 2) You don't live in Queensland, Shonk :P
My Herb world and characters are silly. The people are just too silly to see it :nods:
There are internets. If there's any way to get hold of it, give us a link and we're buying it. And if not, I'm PMing you my address and you're sending me a scrap of paper with your scrawl on it :nods: :D :D
[act]grumbles[/act] There are buses and trains and planes. I can go to Queensland.
Oooh Penguin. [act]flails excitedly[/act] Though I'm grumpy at them still since they don't accept interns from people from my course [strike]but I still want to work for them anyway.[/strike] [act]keeps flailing about[/act]
Vestie words will be published words and all shall be great.
That's going to be so exiting Vestie, you could be published!! You'll have to let me know also where I can buy it, and I to want an autograph (one from you too Darga!).
I'm so excited for you!
I would also love to read your work, especially since I've gotten back into reading :)
I'll PM you a link, Arwen :)
I seriously doubt it will be up for sale anywhere. Ever. :P
Regardless of whether it's published or not, you're meeting publishers! You'll get contacts! Your writing future, my friend, is incandescent!
Yes, it's all about getting that foot in the door, and you have just done that. :nods:
From my memory of reading your story, it deserved it. :)
And now you officially know people like your Herbs, you have added incentive t continue writing your new version of the story :nods:
Way to go Vestie. I so want a link to this, and an autographed copy when it's published. Nice to know that when you're famous I can tell people I used to critique your work when you were young. Congrats.
(she'll still be young when she's famous :))
I don't wander over into the writersmerge very often but saw this pop up in the side bar, and glad I did! Great work Vestie! Congrats!