May 10th, 2007
|03:23 pm - Final FFF Contest Update (For Me, Anyway)|
The votes were tallied, the judges have spoken, and the results are in.
I didn't win the grand prize, an all-expense paid trip to sunny, scenic... oh wait, wrong prize. No free critique from a real live agent for me.
On the one hand, I'm disappointed.
On the other, hey, that's life. So I wasn't the very best out of a random assortment of 250 writers. I can accept that. The winner (#102, go check them out at http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/100742.html )worked hard, and will undoubtedly go places with this. If I'd won, I'd probably have stressed, and ended up sending crappy work in to the agent anyway. This way, I can continue to work at my pace, especially since now I've actually -started-. And for me, starting is the hard part.
This contest was a valuable, useful experience for me. Writing my hook. Reading other hooks. Reading critiques. Writing 5 pages, reading other 5 pages, reading critiques.
Rest assured, world. There -will- be a Nick St. Claus novel sooner or later. Because now I know it's all about pacing...
And once again, I have to give major shout-outs to the writers of Fangs, Fur and Fey for taking the time and effort to give back a little to their unpublished colleagues. Classy bunch.
The winning announcement can be found at http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/108148.html. And it's never to late to go to http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/102711.html#cutid1 to see my 5 pages, if you're in to that sort of thing.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have work to do. :>
Current Mood: creative
RE: "Rest assured, world. There -will- be a Nick St. Claus novel sooner or later."
Cool. I'll look fwd to it. :)
I'm still on pins and needles waiting for WICKED LOVELY... so we're even. :>
Come to BEA or ALA, I'll be signing copies of it--and BEA is 11 days before it's on shelves, so . . .
For the record, I think you have a cool character and a good set up. A little polishing and I'm sure we'll be hearing things on Publisher's Marketplace about you.
I appreciate you saying that. :>
One of the important things I've brought away from the contest is the commentary that I have a good grasp on voice and character and concept, so I know I don't need to worry overly much there, and I can concentrate on things like plot and pacing.
I just have to buckle down and write the hell out of this. But I'm happy to know my beginning is on the right track.
Voice, character and concept are the most important things, IMO. Plot and pacing can be fixed, but bad voice, characters or concept are insurmountable flaws.
Psst...you won my Vampire Academy contest. Send me your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll get you the goods. :) Congratulations!