from Emily Bryan . . .
Writing contests have led to some important milestones in my writing career.
I entered my first contest with sky high hopes, but of course I didn't win. However it gave me some valuable feedback. The judges let me know, very gently, that my tone was not that of a romance at all. I was writing a straight historical and didn't know it! I needed to become a student of the romance genre and hone my craft.
Then I started finaling in contests and even winning a few. (I'll never forget my first win! It was the MELODY OF LOVE contest with Music City RWA. Thanks, ladies!)The day I saw my name in RWR for the first time was the day I felt like a real writer. And because my contest wins proved a few folks liked what I wrote, it gave my first agent and later my editor just the nudge they needed to take a chance on me.
Now as a published author, I still enter contests. And I just learned I finaled in one! DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS is a finalist in the Book Buyers Best! This contest is very encouraging to me because it's judged by the likes of Sue Grimshaw (Border's Romance Buyer!) and Pam Nelson (from Levy, a major book distributor).
Contests are fun. We get cool little badges to flash on our websites. Maybe a few more people will hear about my books and get curious enough to pick one up, but of course, the real judges' panel all authors must answer to is YOU, the reader. Thank you to everyone who's plunked down their hard earned cash to buy one of my books, especially in these times. I appreciate you very much.
If you're a writer, have you found contests valuable? As a reader, are you more likely to pick up a contest winner's book? What's the weirdest contest you ever won? (I personally was the JUMP & REACH Champion of my 6th grade class! LOL! Don't ask.)
After you leave a comment to let me know you were here, if you're up for a little adventure (Hey! It's Friday! Start your weekend with a little webcrawling!), let me invite you over to my blog where I'm hosting JK Coi, paranormal author with a new release. And then please join me, Down Under at the Aussie blog Royal Reviews. They've been celebrating (I kid you not!) EMILY BRYAN WEEK since June 14th. Today I'm talking about THE IMPORTANCE OF GREAT SEX! Please leave a comment there for the Queen of Happy Endings, the Empress of Good and Evil, the Fussy Princess and me for a chance to win one of my backlist! Enjoy!
Friday, June 19, 2009
from Emily Bryan . . .