Well, little did I know how well timed today’s post would prove to be. I knew it was getting close, and the winners of the 2009 Varuna HarperCollins Manuscript Development Awards have just been announced. I’m sorry to have to tell you that I did not win a place on the program. I am pleased for the five writers who will soon be spending ten days at beautiful Varuna with HarperCollins editors to work on their manuscripts – it’s a special place that makes everything seem possible. I hope they all eventually see their books published.
I am a little shaky, but intact. It turns out I really meant what I said earlier, which is a nice thing to discover. I am okay. I have a lot of work to do, and I know and accept that. The endorsement would have been nice, working with an editor at this point would have been amazing, but this works too, and that’s the way life goes. Hey, I was shortlisted this year having not made the long list last year – maybe I’ll have a crack at winning in 2010. The good news is HarperCollins doesn’t now have the rights to my MS, which they would have done, without any obligation to publish, had I been one of the five chosen to participate. I’m free, and freedom is not something I take lightly as I come around the bend for the start of another long lap of the obstacle course.