I finally figured out what it was about contests. Since I’m not getting any responses back from queries at the moment, this fills the void and pumps me full of adrenaline to keep going. The only thing is, I do pay dearly for my highs (and lows).
I’m still glowing from my last contest fix. I got my results back from the Suzannah contest, run by the NOLA Stars chapter of RWA. I didn’t final, but overall I did pretty well.
Let’s brag, shall we? Out of 230 points on the scorecard, I managed to get: 217,220, 226
- The judge who raved the most about liking my entry, scored it the lowest. I’ll take that with open arms.
- The judge who scored it as a 220 commented that the setting initially put them off, but the writing drew them in. They wouldn’t “enthusiastically” recommend it, but they would recommend it. This reluctant reader made me the happiest of all. Am I just neurotically upbeat or what?
- Mechanics. I suck at commas.
- My synopsis got rated down a couple of times. So I can either fix it or…enter contests without a synopsis requirement? hmmm….:)
- Modern voice
- Oh yeah, it absolutely is not historical fantasy. I get called out on that one over an over again. Guess it’s an “alternative history” because it’s not 100% historically accurate.
To get me through the winter (tentative dates):
When I buy sexy little shoes, I know I’m not buying footwear. Just like I know I’m not playing blackjack to actually win. I’m doing it for the kick, the high, the little zing. So this is exactly why I enter the Golden Heart–the motivational boost it gives me plus the emotional highs and lows of waiting for “The Call”. I’m an anticipation junkie.
As far as romance writing contests go, the GH is one of the most expensive. If the fifty dollar entrance fee wasn’t steep enough, entrants are required to print out six copies of the approximately 55 page entry (partial + synopsis). Then there’s the shipping cost. My GH heart entry ended up costing nearly $90 to enter, print and ship. And in return I will receive 5 cold, hard numbers in March.
So why do it?
A part of it is for sentimental reasons. I entered the Golden Heart last year with my first finished manuscript. I had finished it in October, but it was butt ugly with a face only a mother could love. But I put my money on the line anyway and then had to polish the full, get the partial ready and *gulp* write the dreaded synopsis. I didn’t final…
But the buzz of finishing my first manuscript and thrusting it out to the world, ready or not (NOT!), gave me some happy little mojo. It gave me the zing to polish my second manuscript and start a third one.
So I entered again this year. It’s nice to daydream a little and I’ll do so often in the coming months to get my money’s worth. No, it doesn’t make sense. But I still think it’s worth every penny.
P.S. What’s crazier than entering the GH? Entering twice…pending a post office fiasco that I need to straigten out. Is there a support group somewhere?