Top ten things I learned
from participating in
The Writer’s Voice competition.
Last week, I entered into a multi-blog writing contest in hopes of landing on a talented team, to be coached and then showed off to agents. To see my entry, click here. For more information on the contest, you can check out the above link. In fact, go check it out and click through the multiple posts about the contest and other teams so you can see the talented authors who made it to the coaching round and read their entries. I'll wait.
Done? Good. Maybe you learned the same things I did.
1. There is some seriously amazing, unrecognized talent out there.
2. The part of me that wants to be a slush pile reader squeed in glee, and then cowered in fear at what agents/publishers face every day.
3. Good writing isn’t always enough.
4. New teeth are weird.
Wait, that’s my new Dr. Who obsession I acquired trying to avoid The Writer’s Voice hashtag on twitter showing itself.
5. YA/MG market is growing fast.
Everyone wants YA and middle grade. I’m not 100% sure of the exact mixture, but a vast majority of the 40 that made the next round were YA/MG manuscripts. Does that mean there’s no room for my adult urban fantasy? No, but maybe I ought to polish my YA and start querying that as well.
6. There are some seriously funny, and seriously disturbed writers out there.
I followed new blogs and twitter personalities because of this contest. I got lost on twitter just watching the crazy antics of some. Writers are a separate breed: a little crazy, a little schizo, a little nerdy, a little genius, a little obsessive, majorly passionate and I love you all!
7. A sonic screwdriver fixes everything (unless it has a deadlock seal).
And so do beta readers, and crit partners and the supportive writing community. I love my writing group at the Kelley Armstrong website; they have taught me so much. And I can see the fanatic support and results of other writer’s CPs in these entries and on twitter. If you write, find a home. It takes a group to raise a writer.
8. This was A chance. Not THE chance.
There are many other contests, and queries, and agents, and publishers out there. Just because my piece didn’t move on, doesn’t mean I’m done (though I thought that several times this past weekend.)
9. I’m about three to five years too late…
but that’s not going to stop me (or you) from trying. What didn’t work here, may work for others. Sometimes, good writing is enough.
10. The Doctor is rude. Not Ginger.
And so am I.