I’m guessing if you’re reading this blog you’re either a writer or involved with writing in some fashion. If you’re a writer then you’ll know all about the struggle to 1. finish the damn book and 2. get the damn book published! Part of that struggle is putting yourself and your writing out there for others to judge. Not the easiest thing in the world to do. In fact, given I wasn’t born with the thick-ish (and thankfully getting thicker!) skin I have today, it’s damn hard. I’ve spoken before about how devastating it can be to get ‘nasty’ comments from judges…the whole ‘don’t give up your day job coz your writing truly sucks!’ kinda thing, so I won’t go into it again coz this is a post about Good News :-)
I enter writing competitions to get my work in front of agents or editors who are hopefully acquiring the sort of stuff I write. Only problem is you have to get through the first round for those all-powerful people to read your work and although I frequently receive high marks by one or two judges in the first round, I typically get one really low mark which knocks me right out of the running. I’m told that’s a good thing coz it means I have a strong voice. Humph. Maybe so but it doesn’t help much when yet again that chance to get read by an elusive editor or agent is yanked from my grasp.
However, sometimes actual editors will run a competition and they’ll take time out of their hectic schedules to sit down and actually read your offering. One such competition was the Red Sage Publishing ‘alpha male’ novella competition I entered a few months back. Even better, this competition wasn’t just for a 1st chapter or 50 pages or so, it was for the entire novella…yeeha! What a great opportunity. So of course I wasn’t gonna miss it. And to my delight I finalled. Yay!
Now those of us who’ve finalled in writing competitions know how exhilirating it is to be named a finalist. And we also know how awful it is if we don’t actually place. Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to the sense of achievement we should still be feeling. Instead we just feel plain crappy. The other scenario is placing and then not having your manuscript requested by the judging agent or editor because they just didn’t love it enough. How do we feel then? Crappy, of course. It’s just like a rejection letter…only worse, somehow because we were that much closer to the prize.
But there’s also another scenario and that’s where my Good News comes in. I didn’t place first or second in the Alpha Male competition BUT what I did get was editors who enjoyed my novella so much they sent me an email saying they’d love to publish it!
Whoa…dream come true material! And I guess it wasn’t all a dream coz I’ve received an in-house style manual, applied it to my novella and realized I’m not as clever with grammar and formatting as I thought I was, written a 4-line back cover blurb, a paragraph with some information about me (OMG, that’s me, the author!), another about my story to my potential readers (OMG, that’ll be people other than close family and friends…gulp!), a synopsis and cover information. So I guess it’s really happening: Even Demons Get The Blues is going to be published! Not even finally catching the flu my kids have been suffering from these past few weeks can dampen that pleasure.
Watch this space!
June Reading List…
-Bound by Marriage by Nalini Singh
-Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
-The Italian Boss’s Secret Child by Trish Morey
-Blood Game by Rae Monet
-Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
-The Brass Bed by Jennifer Stevenson
-On A Wild Night by Stephanie Laurens
-Rescue At Cradle Lake by Marion Lennox
-The Boss’s Christmas Seduction by Yvonne Lindsay
-Her Miracle Baby by Fiona Lowe
-Needed: Full-Time Father by Carol Marinelli
-Behind Closed Doors by Anne Oliver
-Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd
-An Act of Love (Secrets V.4.) by Jeanie Cesarini
-Enslaved (Secrets V.4.) by Desirée LIndsey
-The Bodyguard (Secrets V.4.) by Betsy Morgan & Susan Paul
-The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
-The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
-Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
-The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn
-The Love Slave (Secrets V.4.) by Emma Holly
-Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey
-The Mediator, High Stakes by Meg Cabot
-Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey