However, this past week has taught me an interesting lesson.
It all started when I took a very deep breath and pressed 'submit' on my entry for Harlequin's "So You Think You Can Write" Contest...for the second time (I was a finalist last year). Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into as the format of the contest had changed considerably since last year and this time the voting in the first round will be done by the public.
I accepted that if I was going to enter that I would give it my best shot. So I dared myself to really put myself out there. Talking to new people. Talking to old friends. It’s been a bit scary and a lot nerve-wracking. It’s also zapped my concentration and sucked up my time. But in the end, it’s been amazing.
I love the new friends I’ve made. And I’ve reconnected with old friends.
I’ve also taken time to read a number of the entries and let me tell you, there’s a lot of talent out there. The editors definitely have their homework cut out for them because the number of entries is in the hundreds. Too bad everyone couldn’t win.
So what did I learn this week?
That in order to be a writer in this day and age of technology, you have to put yourself out there and interact with your fellow writers and readers. And they aren’t scary at all. J They like to talk about cooking, kitties, and all sorts of fun things.
And something that I already knew was reaffirmed—romance writers are GREAT!!!
They are the MOST supportive group I've ever met. Many of my writing friends have listened to me as the nerves settled in. They’ve been supportive, understanding and encouraging. <waves to
In a contest this BIG, it is unusual for everyone to get along. Yet everyone is so supportive of each other. And I haven’t heard one negative word. Honest.
Three cheers for the romance writers. J
I’m so glad to be among them.
The contest is now closed to new entries. But if you didn’t have a chance to enter the SYTYCW contest, there’s still a lot of great information from editors and authors on the website. You can check it out here:
Voting for the contest has opened today. It is open to the public, so anyone can vote.
There is a limit of one vote PER day (it is operating on
Voting runs from Oct 2nd-11th. A total of 10 possible votes total.
Please take the time to check out the entries and VOTE for your favorite. Here’s the link to the main page where ALL entries are cataloged by line:
A lot of work has gone in to them. A lot of dreams are riding on them. And we could all use your help.
Oh, and if you are interested in checking out my “So You Think You Can Write” entry, you can find it here: