Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I love writing contests!
When I first started submitting my work, the only way to get an "in" with an agent or an editor was to attend a conference.
Now there are tons of contests run on blogs around the internet by authors trying to help other writers connect with publishing professionals.
I love the high of "winning" and getting a request. I love getting feedback on my pages and query. I love meeting and connecting with other writers.
That said, I'm being a bit more choosey about which contests I enter this year. Partly because I don't want my first page/query posted over and over again. Partly because I want to make sure even if I don't win, I still get something out of the contest.
So I devised a point system to help me decide whether to enter a contest or not:
3 pt. Feedback from other writers.
5 pt. Feedback from publishing professionals (agents or editors) on my work whether or not I win. A good example of a contest like this is Secret Agent or Agent's Inbox.
3 pt. Opportunity to garner a request from an agent or an editor.
So if a contest has all three options (for a total of 11!), I'm in.
Because even if I don't get a request, I've still learned something.
That's not to say I won't ever enter a contest where I don't get feedback, but I'm making those a top priority now.
What about you? How do you decide to enter a contest?