Friday, February 26, 2010

Contest Results

Received my score sheets last week for a contest I didn't final in. Basically, it was the first three pages, the opening hook. And yes, Death Sword was the entry I sent in.

For not making the finals, I have to say my scores were pretty impressive. The comments were positive and helped bolster my confidence. And as any writer knows, confidence is a much needed quality in this field. This doesn't mean my book will be published, though. As I mentioned in the previous post, if it's not, I'll just have to deal with it.

But any positive experiences that come out of this story are more than welcome.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Riding the Submission Merry-Go-Round

I don't know who came up with the analogy of comparing submitting a novel to riding a merry-go-round and trying to grab the brass ring (i.e. publishing contract), but it works for me.

Death Sword is currently making the rounds. The first in a planned series of four books, it's undergone significant changes over the past year. I'm still looking for places to submit it, in case my other choices don't work out.

I hate the uncertainty of not knowing, but there it is. Luckily, I enjoy the characters and they've become a part of my life, almost like a family. So I really can't abandon them now.

Time to get started on a new story. Otherwise, I'll spend way too much time biting my nails and worrying about the status of this one.