Monday, December 2, 2013

In Which I Contest

So, tis the season. For contests that is! I usually jump into a few contests with each MS and for ALL THAT REMAINS it's no different.

I'm a big fan of Authoress's Baker's Dozen Auction. I've always wanted to get in (and have been trying for the last few years). But I've never been very good at loglines and stuff and junk.

But I was going to try this year again. I had a goal of getting in (which, you know, is stupid since I can't control whether I get in or not so setting a goal for it is a study in frustration, but there you have it).
and this year I GOT IN!

I'm number 50 if you want to check me out. The agents bid on entries tomorrow. I'm not sure I'll get any bids (competition is tough and stuff) but my goal was just to get in, so I'm happy.

The other contest I'm going to enter is Pitch Wars.

Like Baker's Dozen, Pitch Wars is kind of a big deal. But the thing I love about Pitch Wars is that if you get picked by a mentor, they'll read your entire MS! How awesome is that? Super awesome.

I actually think my query and first five pages have a pretty good chance. Well, as good a chance as possible since I'll be up against 100s of other people, but still. Luckily submissions are today. Unluckily I'll have to be patient (BOOOO) for a whole week to see who gets picked. I've got some QT Forum friends also submitting so I'm crossing my fingers that someone I know gets picked.

But, yeah. I don't see myself participating in any other contests for ATR. Once you reach a point in querying it just gets a little pointless to enter them anymore. But I'm feeling pretty good.

How about you? Throwing it down in any contests?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on being number fifty!
I've heard of pitch wars, but never participated.
Good luck with both, Sarah!

Leandra Wallace said...

Great pitch for Baker's Dozen! And I loved your first paragraphs. Crossing my fingers for you!

Maria Zannini said...

I thought it was very good and posted a comment there to say so.

The last two sentences could be blended but the excerpt was excellent.

The only thing I would work on is the logline. It's still a little rough around the edges.

I am very impressed, and you know I wouldn't say that if it weren't true.

Matthew MacNish said...

I love Authoress (and Cupid and Brenda and the others) but I can't do the contests because they make me very discouraged. It's stupid, but I can't help feeling that way.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm going to check out your pitch! Pitch Wars is what launched my career last year, so I'm 100% behind that one. I think you couldn't build a more perfect contest.

Rena said...

I totally feel for Matt! Contests are an exercise in stepping out of your skin and taking a look at how the rest of the world sees your work. Scary.

Good luck with Pitchwars. (I may have secretly almost considered entering, but caught myself and staved it off before I started looking at mentors!)

Hart Johnson said...

Look how with the program you are! Good luck with both of these contests!!!

Nate Wilson said...

If I ever finish a novel, maybe I'll enter some contests. Who knows. But for now, I'll have to live vicariously through the contest success of others.

Such as you -- congrats on getting a request for a full!

KayC said...

Congratulations on the FULL at the Baker's Dozen Auction. Well deserved for a beautifully crafted first page.

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