Even though I’m reticent to bring up my recent failures, in the interests of full disclosure, and the purpose of this blog, I feel it necessary. So I’m going to try this band-aid style. I’m going to hold my breath and type this as quickly as possible.
Back in November of 2013 I entered a contest that judged entries based on the first 250 words of a manuscript. Over three months later, I found out that I lost. Big shock right? No, of course not, I am the WRITER’S WRONG after all. But I won’t lie. Anytime you enter a competition, even if the chances of winning are infinitesimal and unreachable, you still hope with a tiny illogical part of your brain that you’ll win. So while losing wasn’t a shock, it did stink. And to be honest, not only did I lose, but I wasn’t one of the 4 finalists either. So super loser here.
The upshot was I had everything timed so that if I did lose the 2013 YA Discovery Contest, I would be ready to enter the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. Either way – I would need to complete both a pitch and my manuscript by February 22nd, so I went to work. I finished my edits, re-writes, and my pitch, and as planned, upon finding out I lost the 2013 YA Discovery Contest, I entered Amazon’s contest.
The point of all this rambling is this: I’m glad I hedged my bet. The disappointment felt by losing the 2013 YA Discovery Contest was mitigated by the excitement I had for entering Amazon’s contest. I may lose that too, but it made me feel better to enter, and naturally that’s all that matters!