Thursday, June 27, 2013

Elsewhere Being A (Winning) Loser

Last year I entered a story contest, and my entry didn't win. Losing the contest, on the other hand, helped me sell a novel series. Want to know how I pulled that off? Read my guest post about it on Killer Nashville's blog here.

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8 comments:

  1. Do you have an opinion about e-books vs. books?!

    If yes, please let us know! Check it out!
    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2013/06/e-book-vs-book-book.html

    Love from Germany
    B&B

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    1. Sarah, thanks for stopping in -- I'm always happy to see international bloggers in comments. We do try to keep the self-promo to a minimum here, however, so please address your comments to the topic of the post.

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  2. What a great story! And obviously the contest gave you valuable feedback. Some do, some don't, so you chose wisely. : )

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    1. The feedback was the real prize for me, Charlene, and I'm very glad I chose this one to try as my first. The experience was very encouraging, the results fabulous, and now that I've dipped my toe in the contest waters, I might try again.

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  3. I love to hear about how you're always learning and growing as a writer. I'm really excited for the new series.

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    1. I hope it encourages other writers to try competing in the right sort of contests, too, Margaret. I've always avoided them because most are popularity contests, but this one was fair and did great things for me.

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  4. Anne V.11:29 AM

    I love that you share these things with us. So many writers (okay people in general) hide what *might* be a failure and forget that we all learn from mistakes/failure better than we do from success! I can't wait to read this book!

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    1. I'm not afraid to fail, Anne, and I don't think writers should always put on the 24/7 pretense of success. How can we ever learn anything from each other if all we show is a facade?

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