Jill Weatherholt

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

Who’s Calling?


004Three years ago yesterday, I wrote my first blog post and hit publish. At the time, my obsession was all things writing. Today, it still is.

To say my writing life has changed since that day, is an understatement. After my first short story was a finalist in Southern Writers Magazine’s 2012 short story contest, the ride began.

Things have happened faster than I ever dreamed. I’m still digesting everything after receiving a call from Harlequin’s office in New York City, on a Monday morning, while at my day job. I actually missed the editor’s first two calls because my cell phone sat in the bottom of my purse. That tells you how much I expected a contract offer.

NO WAY did I imagine that happening. I entered the contest for a professional critique. I wanted to know how to make my book better…even though the book wasn’t written when I entered. It was an old NaNoWriMo project, written in 2010, never finished or edited, and it was horrid. The setting and characters were the only positives.

The common denominator in all of my published pieces, including my recent book contract, is they were all contest entries.

I urge everyone, whether you’re a writer, photographer, artist…whatever…take advantage of the available contests. The internet is full of them and many are free to enter.

Be brave and put your work out there. You really have nothing to lose. Who knows, your life may change on a dreary Monday morning, as mine did.

As I celebrate three years of blogging, I want to thank those of you who’ve stuck around. You are the reason I never gave up.



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

159 thoughts on “Who’s Calling?

  1. Gosh, what a wonderful thing!! I really look forward to hearing what happens. Consider me presold!!

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  2. Actually it was a contest that got my work noticed by RWA and gave me the push to submit. So glad you took that step and have a contract now too. How exciting!


  3. Great news, Jill! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer and more deserving person. Continued success in your writing. 😊


  4. Jill congratulations. I am sure you are walking on air!!!!! Enjoy the feeling. Even going out to fill your car up with gas is exciting, huh?

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  5. Good for you Jill!! You are such an inspiration ✨✨✨


  6. Congratulations Jill! Way to go!! And congrats on your blogging anniversary as well. To me, writing is like breathing, why else won’t we write? Wishing you all the best my friend! 🙂 🙂


  7. Awesome news! Congratulations! Thanks for encouraging all of us to enter contests. That is one thing I think about, but never have done it. Have fun celebrating!

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  8. “Be brave and put your work out there.” Wonderful post, Jill.

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  9. Just found you by way of Kate and her Koffee Kat blog. I had no idea there were so many writing contests. Any suggestions as to where to find them?


  10. Three years of successful blogging and so many credits.

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  11. Awesome!! On your way to a contract!!! I’m SO happy for you!

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  12. All the comments speak for me as well – you are an amazing lady, most deserving and kind…AND, my wife knows I love you! 🙂
    (Sorry I’ve been missing in blog action for the past few weeks!) ♥


  13. Congratulations – that’s so great! I’ll look forward to reading your book. I hope you’ve been celebrating like crazy!!

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  14. I am very proud of you Jill for your stick-to-it-tiveness! 😉

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  15. Hello Jill,
    Sorry for my late comment. I’ve been away from the internet and only recently been able to catch up on how my friends are doing. Belated congratulations for your contract! Very happy for you. And thanks for your “likes” for some of my photos. Looking forward to your further adventures 🙂
    Best wishes,

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