Mslexia – means “woman words”. I’m very pleased to announce that my unpublished novel is the winner of the 2013 Mslexia Novel Competition. Mslexia magazine is a UK publication that offers a unique mix of debate, advice and inspiration; news, reviews, interviews; competitions, courses, grants; and selections of new poetry and prose. They are a vibrant organization that aims to provide a high-profile platform for new and established voices. Since the magazine was launched in 1999, Mslexia has become the magazine for women writers to submit to. This is their second novel competition. The inaugural year was won by Rosie Garland with her beautiful debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities. Rosie has experienced a life-changing journey since winning the competition. I am excited to see what the future holds for my first novel.
I have been fortunate to secure a New York literary agent and am hoping to have my novel published in the coming months. I’ll keep you posted at www.katietallo.com. Wishing you success and joy in finding your passion and following your dreams.
Here’s what I’ve been up to in 2013. Finished my first novel. Entered a novel contest for unpublished women writers along with over a thousand other hopefuls. Made the long list. Woo-hoo! Made the short list (top 12) and was invited to a networking event next year in the UK. Top three are announced in February/March of 2014, along with the winner. Crossing my fingers and toes. Working on a second novel. Really enjoying turning 50. Momentum is definitely gathering. Hope life is treating you well.
I will be sharing my journey towards getting published at katietallo.com. If you’d care to follow along and maybe get your hands on one of my novels one day, please sign up here.
I’ve got some news. As you may know, I stopped blogging a few months back to focus on my first novel, and focus I did. After several re-writes and feedback sessions with friends and family, I took the step of commissioning an editorial review. Well, I got the notes and here’s how they began.
“I think this is a rather stunning accomplishment. You’ve somehow managed to write a story that readers will have a hard time turning away from, compelling them to experience pretty much what the protagonists themselves are experiencing in a visceral way. I don’t know if you set out with that intent, but it’s a clever result. It’s more than just watching a car wreck, though. It’s watching two people repeatedly make poor choices because they ultimately have no choice. There’s a strange grace in their saga – and evidence that the magic that is inherent to the “soul mate” relationship is the same stuff that fuels spontaneous combustion. It’s the beautiful ache. The ugly beautiful. All those paradoxes and more.” ~ Steve Parolini, The Novel Doctor
Pages of enthusiasm, insight and encouragement followed that opening paragraph. Sometimes we need a little validation from a stranger to help us believe in ourselves. Well, I believe. I’m ready to jump back in, guns blazing – ready to finish this sucker.
As I forge ahead, I plan to share my progress and occasional thoughts about my writing life at katietallo.com. If you’d care to follow along, and maybe even get a copy of my novel one day, please join me at my new home by signing up to get an email when I have news or updates. Sign up here.
Keep writing. Keep dreaming. Keep walking the dog.