Thursday, July 14, 2011

Entered My First Contest

Originally posted on my old blog on August 2, 2010. 

If you hear a clacking sound, that is my teeth chattering. I took the plunge, and entered my first contest. Yikes!

Kelli Collins, an Ellora’s Cave editor, hosted a First Chapter contest. Only Twitterers were eligible. The deadline was July 31. So now all I have to do is wait. And wait. And wait.

For six weeks! Aaaaaargh!

I’m hoping that she’s just giving herself a cushion, and that she’s such an excellent editor and super-fast reader that she’ll have the results in two weeks or less. Or maybe that she is so stunned by my prose that she announces the winner early…me!! Hey, a girl can dream!

The story I submitted is a paranormal novella that involves a wife, a husband, and a very sexy dream. Can’t give you any more details for now, sorry. :-P I’m really excited, because the winner gets a full critique, and there’s the possibility that the manuscript could get picked up by EC.

The downside is that I kind of assumed this contest was to attract new ms subs. From newbies like me. Buuuuut, not so much. There were no rules like that, and judging by some of Kelli’s tweets, at least one entrant is not only a multi-published author, not only someone published with multiple digital publishers, but someone who also has a book with a traditional NY PUBLISHER!!!! Aaaaack!

Yeah, I was feeling pretty confident up until I found that out. Now I’m trying to fight the mentality that six weeks is a long time to wait to find out that you’re a LOSER! *sob*

But enough of that. I’m going to think positive. Besides, even if someone else has a better first chapter than mine, I could still get asked to send a full, and end up with a contract! And that’s even better than winning.

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