I feel the need to apologize for the timing of my blog on Japanese mythology last week. It wasn't until the day after I posted last week's blog that I became aware of the earthquake in Japan. I in no way want anyone to think I was trying to capitalize on the tragedy, that post had been in the works for a couple weeks.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.
Because of this, I am postponing finishing up the series for a little while. I wish to be respectful and sensitive to this ongoing situation, and want to err on the side of caution.
Instead, I shall briefly speak to another issue that has been on my mind lately. My book is not done yet, but I am trying to be business savvy and figure out what I want to do once it's completed. I need to figure out what is going to give me the best chance of getting that sucker published (outside of writing the best book I can, of course).
One tried and true venue is entering in contests. It seems almost every RWA chapter has some sort of contest going on ~ first 3 pages, first 30 pages, last 30 pages, sex scenes, dark moments, etc ~ and usually the prize is the finalists are read by an editor or agent.
So it sounds good up front. However, one place I can see it going wrong for me is people tend to either like my writing, or go, "Yeah, not for me." I've been assured that this is a good thing, that it means I have a unique 'voice', but I can just envision getting 3 judges to give me across the board thumbs down. So great, I paid money to get depressed. Yay me!
I'd like some feedback from people who have done the contest thing. What are your thoughts on it? Did you find it helpful at all, even if in the end, you didn't sell from a contest win? Would you only recommend entering a contest to your worst enemy?
Please, help the newbie out here. Give me your $.02 here.