How do you make your writing dreams come true?

Write. Write. Write.

And write some more.

When Suzy joined Wattpad back in 2015, she had no idea how instrumental the online writing community would be in making her publishing dream come true. After years of secretly writing fan-fiction online, she was encouraged by a friend to enter a Wattpad contest - grand prize being a publishing contract. Her romantic comedy, Chasing Mr. Crown, made the Top 25, but ultimately didn't win. The support she received from the online community, however, was overwhelming and that initial story lit a fire that has since led to seven works published on the Wattpad platform. Suzy has a small but loyal following and is excited to be penning her eighth work. 

In May 2019, Suzy received the Wattpad DM that changed her life. Rebecca, a Wattpad reader and student from the University of Southern Queensland (that's Australia, y'all!) reached out with an interesting offer. She asked permission to submit Suzy's novella, The Weekend, for a project in her Editing & Publishing class. Several novellas would be submitted and the class would vote to take the winning work through the entire book publishing process. Suzy agreed, submitted her novella, and three weeks later was informed her novella had been selected by the class.  The university students and their professors polished up The Weekend - editing, creating cover art, developing marketing plans - full scale everything! The Weekend was published by Black Phoenix Publishing Collective under their Silver Phoenix imprint in partnership with the USQ coursework November 25, 2019. Truly a bucket list moment and Suzy is still pinching herself!

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Author Photographs: © Meredith England Photography