One Down ….
As 2013 approached, I decided not to make resolutions. Instead I intended to set small, obtainable goals throughout the year. These small goals have two purposes: 1) to improve my overall health and 2) to declutter my life so I can be more creative.
I became overwhelmed in 2012. There were too many distractions from my kid’s activities, outside demands, and an excess of stuff that never made it past the kitchen table. So I decided to break tasks down into bite sized pieces. I also vowed not to beat myself up over setbacks.
I did not submit my writing to many publishers last year. This year I want to be very intentional in submitting my writing. In January, I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. This contest was open from January 14th to 27th for entries and maxed out at 10,0000 entries. This is a multiple tier contest; the first round being decided on a 300 word pitch. I had never composed a pitch before. I’ve known about this contest for three years, but I always missed the deadline. This year, I was determined to participate. I uploaded my pitch, an excerpt and the entire manuscript for Blood Adversaries. As soon as I hit submit, anxiety swept over me. Doubts ran through my mind. But a writer has to put her work into the public and have thick enough skin to accept feedback whether positive or negative. Rejection is definitely a negative.
On February 13th, the selections for entries moving to the second round were announced. The judges chose 2000 of the original 10,000 entries for the next tier. I clicked on the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror tab and scrolled through the list. I prepared for disappoint. Then I found my name. I’m still in the running!
Click here for the entire list of entries going on to round two.
It’s a great start to 2013!