Saturday, 21 August 2010

Library workshop and New Voices competition!

This autumn Mills & Boon are launching a very exciting competition for aspiring writers! They’re looking for new talent, and have decided to launch an ‘X-Factor’ type competition to find it. The winner will have their entry published and will win an M&B editor for a whole year!

Stage one – contestants upload the first chapter of their M&B novel. Everyone will be able to read them and comment on them.

Stage two – the editors whittle the entrants down to 10 finalists.

Stage three – YOU vote for which ones go through to the next round!

Stage Four – The finalists will write a ‘pivotal moment’ from their novel, then YOU get to vote for the winner!

For full details, and terms and conditions, visit the website:

And a whole host of Mills & Boon authors and editors are going to be giving romance-writing Masterclasses to help you on your way – including me!

I will be at Bromley Central Library on Saturday, 4th September from 11.00 a.m.– 12.30 p.m. Contact phone number: 0208 461 7185

This is (hopefully) what I’ll be covering:

  • Writing for M&B – my story, and what YOU need to know!
  • Submitting to Mills & Boon.
  • Heroes
  • Heroines
  • The essential ingredient in a gripping romance.
  • How to strengthen the emotional core of your novel.
  • Question & Answer time (as long as I don’t ramble on too much!)

So, come along , say hi, and we’ll have a great time talking romance!


Cara Cooper said...

Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow Fiona and thank you for the opportunity to hear from a well established M&B author how it's all done!

Cara Cooper said...

Really excellent workshop Fiona, I'm so glad I went. You should do more talks, I learnt a lot from it and feel far more confident about having a go at the New Voices comp.

Many thanks and hope to see you again sometime perhaps at an RNA do.


Fiona Harper said...

Cara, so glad you enjoyed it! I certainly did.

If you email me through my website ( - I'm wary of spelling the email address out here because of spammers), I'll send you a copy of the notes. My laptop died this week, and just having my scribblings for the talk was a stretch, but I've not cleaned them up and they are ready for distribution.

Fiona Harper said...

that didn't make sense! I meant "I've now cleaned them up..."
Seriously, one of these days I'm going to have to learn to type properly!