Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Where’s Waldo?


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Some of you have wondered what I’ve been up to these past couple of weeks. I received messages asking if I was on vacation…I wish. A few asked if I was attending a writer’s conference…again, I wish. Some thought I was just taking a break from blogging.

What was I doing? When I wasn’t at my day job, I was writing and writing, at a frantic pace. At the end of March, on a whim, I entered a contest offered by a publisher. Per the contest guidelines, I wrote a 100-word book blurb and submitted it along with the first page of my book. I never imagined I would advance to the next stage, but I did. This involved writing a three to five-page synopsis along with my first three chapters. The deadline was a little over two weeks. Sounds easy right? Well, it wasn’t.

My entry was my first NaNoWriMo project, written in 2010. In 30 days, I wrote over 57,000 words. It wasn’t a story, it was a hot mess. I never brought the story to its conclusion. It has remained on my hard drive all these years. In order to write the synopsis, I not only had to figure out how the story was going to end, but I needed a plot.

In a week, I finished the synopsis and a new story was born. In the time remaining, I wrote the three chapters. My entry is now in the hands of the publisher. I did the best that I could with the help of a special person, who many of you know. Thank you, L. Marie! Not only are you a terrific editor, but you’re a great encourager.

What have you been up to lately?



Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

128 thoughts on “Where’s Waldo?

  1. That’s great news Jill! I’m happy for you! I wish you success and hope you would have a book in your hand soon! I’ve been busy writing too, but mine is no where near completion. Have a great weekend… (it’s almost Friday isn’t it?)
    Much love. 🙂


  2. Jill, that is wonderful! I wish you the best and hope you get published. I am sure you worked non-stop with such a short deadline!


  3. I suspected something like this was going on 🙂 Sounds like a worthwhile effort, Jill. Good luck!


  4. Hi Jill, congratulations on all the writing! I’m sending out messages into the universe for a wonderful outcome to your submission.
    What have I been up to? Busy as a bee. I haven’t been reading blogs nor attending to my own. I’ve got a bit of catching up to do!
    Have a great weekend.


  5. This is so exciting Jill!! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you xxo


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