After 140 Likes, 107 Retweets, 25 pitches, 4 short-listed entries, and 1 very tough decision, I have a winner!
I am very pleased to announce that I will be mentoring Nikki Smith, author of Falling Apart.
I loved Nikki's pitch, and when I read the synopsis and her first chapter I was blown away.
Nikki writes domestic noir in First Person POV, so I think we're a great fit. I can't wait to start working with her. Her concept is unique, and I love her writing style. Watch this space!
Thanks again to all of you who took part: pitching, 'liking', or retweeting to spread the word.
Many congratulations also to those short-listed, the quality of submissions was very high, and I hope you are all encouraged by your short-list selection.
And thanks also to my wonderful agent, Sarah Williams at Sophie Hicks Agency who has agreed to place the winning entry at the top of her 'to-read' pile once it's ready for submission. A wonderful gesture, and an excellent opportunity.
If any other authors are considering mentoring an unpublished writer, I would urge you do so. It's been amazing to receive all the lovely emails thanking me for this opportunity, but it has also made me realise how many writers out there are waiting for a bit of guidance and encouragement to spur them on.
So let's pay it forward!