Hello readers! You probably amount to about 3 at this point, but that's neither here nor there. When I completely take over the blogosphere someday, we'll look back at my meek and feeble origins in disbelief! (hah...riiight)
So I mentioned a while back I was participating in this contest called The Novelist, where 20 writers were pitted against each other in a competition (kind of like the American Idol of writing without the fanfare and pomp!). Every week one person with the least votes was removed from the competition until there were only 2 remaining. I was lucky enough to make the top 2 with fellow author Stuart Howorth (great writer in his own right), and in a huge twist, the authors who were removed from the competition weeks and months earlier voted for the winner (along with votes from the public). Not entirely sure how much clout they had in deciding the winner, but I am proud and honoured to say that I came out on top in voting, and I've won The Novelist Season 3!
With that, I receive a publishing deal, and I hope to have my novel The Tournament of Hearts: The Librarian Gladiator completed this upcoming Spring (March-April). After editing and once cover art is completed, it should be published in time for next summer, when Season 4 of the Novelist gets underway. I encourage all three of you reading this to join the competition, or at least throw your name in the hat by going to www.gayrightssite.com/Novelist or downloading the app on iTunes (just search "The Novelist" and you'll find it). I'll be paying attention, so if you do get into the contest, comment on my blog and I'll be sure to vote for ya!
After I talk with the publishing house, I'm going to find out if I'm allowed to post excerpts from my novel here on my blog. In the meantime, you can read my first two chapters on the above website as a teaser. It's received pretty good reviews so far, and I'm so excited to share the rest with the public!
So keep reading. I'll be updating this much more often now that the competition is completed.