I’ve LOVED the discussion on contests this week.
Head spin commencing….
With three judges–> two loving a story and one thinking I had the talent of a rock.
Really why did I put myself through that. Wait, why DO I put myself through that? Yeah, present tense. Just because I’m soon to be published and have supposedly moved from being a writer to an author, contests are still around.
Published book contests.
And so on….
Having said all this…I would still highly recommend entering contests to a pre-published author.
Yep! Even despite the head-spinning tendencies.
Why torture–er–put yourself through that? A couple reasons.
1. You learn TONS. About the industry. About yourself. About your writing.
2. You make connections. You get your work in front of editors and agents you might otherwise not have a chance to.
3. You learn TONS–> Oh, did I say that already? Yeah, it’s worth saying again. I learned so much from feedback from contests. Sure, not every single bit was applicable. Some of it stung. But boy, did I get thick skin! Because even after you land that agent, that publishing contract….you’re still going to get critiqued–and sometimes very harshly. You’re going to need the thick skin.
So…are you all hyped up to enter your next contest?
Happy Friday, my friends.
Your Friday Fox,