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  • 7/20/2015 8:24:58 PM
    I just had to say congrats to everyone who participated in the Avon Fan Lit!! Now that I'm back home, I can't wait to read everyone's submission!! I really wish I could ... Show More
  • 7/17/2015 3:37:42 PM
    Can I just give a huge shoutout to Cathy Maxwell? You have been such an attentive mentor this round. We know you're a busy woman, and appreciate all your time and effort ... Show More
    • Liana De la Rosa Thank you, Cathy!
      7/17/2015 4:19:24 PM
    • Cate Marie Moyr Yes! Yes! Your advice to discern and develop ones strengths was inspiring.
      7/17/2015 4:33:13 PM
    • L. Mad Hildebrandt Thanks, Cathy!
      7/17/2015 5:10:20 PM
    • Cheryl Tapper What Lauren said, and then some! Thank you, Cathy!
      7/17/2015 10:00:33 PM
    • Cathy Maxwell Thank you for your kind words. And good luck to all of you. Not just in the contest but as you use this to spring board into the writing world.
      7/20/2015 4:13:23 PM
  • 7/17/2015 2:09:18 PM
    Max and Felicity finally have their happy ending! Congrats to FanLit's chapter 5 winner, Cheryl Tapper! Thank you to everyone who participated!! This has been a ... Show More
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    • Cheryl Tapper I’m late to the party, but gosh-dang, I can’t tell you how AMAZED and THRILLED and completely SHOCKED I was when I checked my phone at work (Thank you, Laura Tatum!) and saw this news waiting for me. This has been an amazing ride, and I’m so proud to have been a member of this Avon FanLit crew. My thanks to all of you for being such a wonderful support system – we all won something in this process. My greatest *win* just happens to be all of you! P.S. Avon Editors – You all are pretty darn awesome too!
      7/17/2015 8:58:18 PM
    • Roxanne Soule Cheryl!!!! Woohoo!!! Cheryl!!! Woohoo!!!
      7/18/2015 2:49:41 AM
    • Kimberley Bailey Congrats, Cheryl!!!
      7/19/2015 3:07:00 AM
    • Amy Valentini Congratulations Cheryl! Job well done. :-)
      7/20/2015 3:09:17 AM
    • Evan Marcroft Conga Rats
      7/20/2015 3:44:20 AM
  • 7/17/2015 3:24:10 AM
    Question more for the editors. Is saying 'I participated in FanLit' beneficial when submitting a manuscript even without winning a chapter/overall? I'm trying to decide ... Show More
    • Candy Granda I would love to see an answer to this...
      7/17/2015 2:39:54 PM
    • Cassie Leigh Kevin, as a reader I don't think it would be a waste of your time to write romance. I thought your work for this contest was good.
      7/17/2015 3:20:10 PM
    • Editor - Chelsey Emmelhainz Hi Kevin - I don't think there's any harm in mentioning that you participated in FanLit if you submit something to us. As for writing a full romance of your own...if you've got a story you want to tell, tell it! Unfortunately we weren't able to comment on every submission of each round, but I encourage you to keep writing and, when you're ready, please do share your work with us at avonromance.com/impulse. :)
      7/19/2015 1:30:22 PM
  • 7/10/2015 1:11:38 PM
    Some thoughts: You are wise to have entered this competition. If you couldn’t enter, you are even wiser for taking the time to read the chapter submissions. Storytelling ... Show More
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    • N.C. Gossner This is great advice, can I quote you on that Cathy? And Congratulations to all of you who entered the contest, I didnt have time to check out all of the chapters, but what I saw was great work.
      7/15/2015 3:39:48 AM
    • Cathy Maxwell You may quote me all you wish. Pass the word. There are hordes of folks fearful of trying to write. They have the desire, but don't believe they are good enough. Let's prod them on.
      7/15/2015 12:52:19 PM
    • L. Mad Hildebrandt I agree, Cathy! Anyone with the urge to write should get out there in public and see where they are at in their craft. Your words are very inspiring, especially when we are at our lowest. Thanks for allowing us to quote you.
      7/15/2015 3:53:21 PM
    • Cathy Maxwell May you make me famous! And I'll return the favor.
      7/15/2015 6:10:46 PM
    • Anne-Marie Rivers Wow - thank you so much! A much needed reminder. It's been wonderful to see all the participants with such varied strengths - but intimidating too. Such a great reminder to focus on what YOU do well!
      7/16/2015 7:34:02 PM
  • 7/15/2015 5:20:08 AM
    Is there a place that we can go to get all the prompts that were used during the contest? I would like to look at them while I read the winning chapters.
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    • L. Mad Hildebrandt Thanks, Kevin, that's fabulous!
      7/16/2015 12:08:49 AM
    • Cate Marie Moyr Also L. Mad & other newcomers - you'll find us chatting and trading story-links on twitter at #avonfanlit - or join in informal conversations and encouragement on facebook at Avon FanLit Contestant Discussion Group!
      7/16/2015 12:59:25 AM
    • L. Mad Hildebrandt Oh! Thanks for posting that, Cate! I was sad to find that I couldn't access the previous Q&A's, and any kind of discussions!
      7/16/2015 1:09:25 AM
    • L. Mad Hildebrandt Cate, can you copy and paste the URL for the Facebook group here? I can't find it when I do a search. :(
      7/16/2015 1:12:49 AM
    • Liana De la Rosa L. Mad: Let me know if this link works or not. https://www.facebook.com/groups/911631598879784/
      7/16/2015 4:10:44 AM
  • 7/14/2015 1:46:30 PM
    Question for the Avon and/or Jukepop staff- if none of our chapters get selected are we able to use them for another WIP or other project later? Changing the characters ... Show More
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    • Avon Editor Tessa Woodward You're free to use and reuse your chapters at will!
      7/14/2015 6:37:40 PM
    • L. Mad Hildebrandt That's great. I think James and Birdie are going to need their own book! At least, in my world.
      7/15/2015 3:08:45 AM
    • Cheryl Tapper Oh goodness, The Adventures of Countess Snoozegrove could be seriously, seriously....wrong. ::sniggle::
      7/15/2015 5:26:23 AM
    • Kevin Boyer Cheryl, I know I'd read it :)
      7/15/2015 6:49:43 PM
    • Cheryl Tapper It was the eye patch, wasn't it, Kevin? ::insert silly grin::
      7/16/2015 2:38:43 AM
  • 7/14/2015 6:38:11 PM
    I'm such a FAN of these chapters!
    • Cassie Leigh We are all eagerly looking forward to editor comments. I think I can safely speak for most of us when I say that the editor comments are a welcome consultation prize since not everyone can win.
      7/15/2015 12:24:47 AM
    • Kevin Boyer I'll second that :)
      7/15/2015 6:51:04 PM
    • Candy Granda And I will third that comment!
      7/15/2015 8:24:20 PM
  • 7/14/2015 1:42:56 PM
    Hi Cathy, I'm wondering if you have any advice for those of us whose chapters have not (or will not, since there's only one shot left) on where to go next. What can we ... Show More
    • Cathy Maxwell You are doing exactly what you should be doing to improve your writing: YOU ARE WRITING. I know of no better teacher than writing and writing and writing. Plus, you are brave enough to put your words out there for criticism. I'm certain you have already had a few insights about what you are doing. Perhaps as the contest has progressed, you've started to feel your stride lengthening, your confidence building, and, hopefully, are gaining a sense of your own voice. I read an interview with Po Bronson when he said it takes "x" number of words to make a writer. The problem is, no one knows what "x" is because it is individual to every one of us. So, if you haven't done it already, join Romance Writers of America (rwanational.org). Enter more contests. Take part in a critique group. Write. Write some more. Be open to the new directions the industry is going including self-publishing on the internet. Network with other writers (indeed, you could create an on-line critique group with the writers in this contest). Above all, be fearless. There is never "only one shot left." Following the direction of your talent, your gift is not about this contest but what you do going forward. Oh, and don't ever give up. Ever.
      7/14/2015 5:36:48 PM
    • Cheryl Tapper And THAT my friends, is why Cathy Maxwell absolutely ROCKS! ::sniffle::
      7/15/2015 5:22:07 AM
    • Candy Granda Cathy, thank you so much for this! Your words give me hope and inspiration and hope and determination and hope and rejuvenation! And did I say hope? Really, really appreciate the advice. Thanks again!
      7/15/2015 9:47:12 AM
    • Cathy Maxwell Ahhhh, you guys. I'm happy whatever insight I can offer helps spur you on.
      7/15/2015 12:29:12 PM