Contests make me nervous.
But I enter them anyway -- mainly because I want reader feedback and the interaction with other writers, and I figure the experience of putting my work out there in the real world (as opposed to confining it in a computer desktop folder) will help me get over my innate shyness. That's the thing about being a writer -- the process itself is both solitary and public... maybe the quintessential oxymoron.
So, this week you'll find me lurking at Passionate Reads, which is hosting its Second Annual Passionate Pitch contest.
Here's the deal: Brave writing souls, like myself, post a back-of-the-book blurb (or something similar to that, 250 words or less) on the site. This is something I struggle with because it seems impossible to boil an entire novella or novel down to a few sentences or paragraphs; however, if you know your story, your characters and your conflict inside and out, then the blurb shouldn't be too difficult to nail down. If you're struggling with things like character motivation, internal and external conflict, etc., then writing that blurb can really help you hone in on the essence of your story.
The public is allowed to vote through the end of the day Oct. 11.
There are about thirty entries, and while all are romance, of course, subgenres vary.
If you get a chance, then take a look at the entries. There are some really awesome works there.
And while I would appreciate your vote, I only want it if you think my blurb is working. I'd appreciate any and all feedback, which you can leave in a comment here -- if you're so inclined.
Click here to read the entries and to cast your votes.
Here's to contests, friends and honest opinions... without them, I wouldn't even be writing.