So I have been hard at work for the past month preparing to enter my paranormal romance into the Brenda Novak Mentorship Contest. I received beta reader feedback. I made edits. I proofed it. I reproofed it. Hell, I edited it one last time. I can’t read the first 50 pages one more time.
This is an amazing contest though that was part of her auction for Diabetes in May. I’m excited to have the opportunity to enter it. Sometimes, you just have to focus on the trying. On putting yourself out there. Not thinking about the end result. If you focus on whether or not you will win, you kinda can’t enjoy playing the game. I’d rather enjoy my life and my experiences. I’ll do my best and if I win–that would be mindblowingly awesome. And if I lose, I keep going. Keep trying.
A year ago, I had no idea about auctions and contests. I’ve learned so much and come such a long way since my November 2009 Backspace Conference. I’ve had so many people share their experiences, give words of encouragement, and I feel like I’ve become a part of a community of writers (published and unpublished).
So tonight, I print out the 4 copies of my first 50 pages. Tomorrow, I go mail them out at the post office. And then I move on to drafting more of the book and querying for the other novel. There is a long, long list of things to do. And I will check off as many items as I can.