That is the question.
I always had mixed feelings about contests. Over the years I’ve entered a few. I’d get good scores, then I’d get the one that always kept me from finaling and getting to an agent or editor’s desk. I gave up on them, and decided to try my hand at submitting to agents and see where that lead me.
Well, it lead me to a thick folder of rejections. Oh, I’d have a couple of nibbles asking for changes, but I never got that big bite.
After a couple years of this, I thought I’d try one more time going through the contest route. Heck, what did I have to lose, other than some money? So I tried one more time and entered five contests in over a month. Hey, the more the merrier. This time I did my homework. I checked if each chapter had a score sheet online so I could gage where my entry might fair. I weeded out the ones where the hero and heroine’s meeting was paramount, because none of my books worked that way. Next, I checked the agent and editor looking at the final three entries. I checked their background by word-of-mouth and on the internet. Then I picked the ones I really, really wanted. I didn’t want to waste my time and money on a house or agency I didn’t feel comfortable with.
I plopped 5 in the mail to the contests I thought each book had a good chance with and I waited…and waited.
Suddenly, the calls started coming. Soon a find out that I’ve finaled in all five of the contests I entered. I was absolutely floored. The odds were just not in my favor for something like that happening. Then I realized that many factors were on my side this time. I did my research, I had more time to work on my craft and I persisted and didn’t give up.
And now I’m waiting…and waiting to see if I get another call. J
But I’m not going to give up if that phone doesn’t ring. I’m too damn stubborn.
2007 – Emily Finalist for Shrouded in Mystery in Paranormal
2006 – Suzannah Finalist for Shrouded in Mystery in Paranormal
2006 – BEACON Finalist for Shrouded in Darkness in Paranormal
2006 – CTRWA Connections Finalist for Shrouded in Illusion in Paranormal
2006 – 3rd place in VOS’ Hot Prospect Contest for The Long Road Home in Short Contemporary
Two Time Gold Heart Finalist