Second thing - you all made the decision INCREDIBLY HARD for me so THANKS FOR THAT TOO!!! I have had one HECK of a time narrowing it down to my final three and an even WORSE TIME choosing just one from those three! Suffice to say this won't be the last time I do this - and I sincerely hope to see some of you again the next time round, when I'll attempt to schedule my life a tad better to get the results to you quicker... ;)
Anyhoo, out of the many wonderful entries I received I finally narrowed it down to three who were... DRUMROLL PLEASE...
RAY-ANNE with her story 'COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS'
JANET with her story 'THE BOYFRIEND MISSION'
MARCY with her story 'HER CLIENT'S WISHES'
And can I just say that these three gals made my final decision HELL. Each story has it's own merits, each has a very individual and fresh voice and each one has the potential to make it as a great story! If I had more time I can truly say the temptation to have got the chance to work with ALL THREE would have been HUGE. But the simple fact is I just don't have that much time - I wish I did for you ladies - TRULY. Unfortunately a rather large re-write and two more full stories between now and the end of the year make it impossible so a choice had to be made!!! What I have done to ease my conscience is make some notes on EVERYONES SYNOPSIS and on the FINALISTS SYNOPSIS and PARTIAL - I hope these are useful... so watch your inbox the next few days...
So - the manuscript I'll be critiquing for one person is.... DEEP BREATH...
JANET and her story 'THE BOYFRIEND MISSION'
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS JANET and to EVERYONE A HUGE THANKS FOR ENTERING WITH SO MANY FANTASTIC STORIES!!!!
Trust me - THIS WAS A TOUGH DECISION!!!
But if you'd all still like another chance then I WILL DO THIS AGAIN (only quicker next time!!!)