At conference in August 2017, Almost a Princess received a manuscript assessment where the doubts I had about the plot and format of the story were discussed and I set out to rewrite the entire manuscript. Having successfully completed this by Christmas, I polished off those first 10,000 words and submitted the story into Emerald in November. It was a lovely surprise when the story made it to the second round, so I completed yet another full manuscript edit and submitted that. The night I received the email informing me I'd made the final round, it was late, I was sick, and this news couldn't have come at a better time. I was more than excited, to say the least, especially after reading the feedback from the readers that brought tears to my eyes. Now though, I was in for a long wait as the winners wouldn't be announced until conference in a few months time.
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