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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
9:00 PM | Posted by Marnee Bailey | | Edit Post
Here it is, another contest season. I’m going forward on my story and my mentor says I’m doing great. Whew. That’s a good sign. It’s slow moving. Ok, it’s caterpillar crawl moving. It’s “was that a turtle that just passed me?” kind of moving. It’s “old women with arthritis and bad backs run faster than this” kind of moving.
So, I’ve been trying to decide whether I should enter any right now.
When it comes to contests, entering is a very personal thing. In my mind, there are a lot of pros and cons. I thought I’d throw some out there for your consideration.
PRO: Get in front of agents/editors.
If I final (the ultimate goal), I could get in front of agents or editors I want to impress. Maybe they’ll request more of my story. It could be a gateway to a business relationship.
CON: Exposure too soon?
If I do final and an agent/editor does like what they see, there’s a chance—with my slow pace—that I won’t be ready to give them anything when they ask. Or, what I give them might not be ready for public consumption. Either may do more harm than good.
PRO: I’d get some feedback.
Feedback at this point would help me to see if the story is resonating with an audience. Granted, contest judges are just a slice of the reading population, but feedback—good or bad—is still feedback and maybe it’d help me to refine my story, if it needs to be refined.
CON: Maybe I won’t get any good feedback.
Not really an explanation needed.
PRO: Can put a final on my query letter
IF I final, I can use that exposure going forward on my query letter. Some agents are into that, maybe it’d draw their attention.
CON: Maybe I won’t final
Again, not really necessary to explain.
CON: Contests are expensive
If I don’t final, it’s basically money out the window. Oh, the feedback’s nice, but there are other ways to get feedback.
PS: Good luck to any of our contributors and readers who entered the GH or the Rita. We're rooting for you!!
Anyone else thinking about jumping into the contest pond? Anyone else excited to see who finals in the GH or the Rita (that's tomorrow, squeee!!)? Anyone else have any pros or cons to add to the list here?
Labels: Gunner's Grumblings (Marnee)