I thought I'd throw the subject of Romance Writers of America chapter contests out there today! Do you enter? If yes, why? If no, why not? For the last three years now I have entered each of my manuscripts in three selected chapter contests for a specific and calculated reason.
Feedback, feedback, feedback!
I am published six times over, I have received numerous lovely five star reviews, I have been top of The Wild Rose Press bestseller list BUT I feel the same with every book I write...Can I really do this??
Self-doubt is a writer's best friend and nemesis all rolled into one - I strongly believe we need it to stop us developing egos that will lead to self-destruction and at the same time it can be paralysing. So this is where these contests become vital in me pushing forward on a particular manuscript.
If I received positive feedback (or better final!) from a contest with regard to a new project, it gives me the confidence I might be onto something worthwhile - and on the other hand, if the feedback from two or three different judges concentrates on one area that they didn't like/understand/agree with, it gives me a place to work on, something that I know needs changing or improving.
What do you think? Do you agree or do you avoid these contests like the plague?
I'd love to hear from you!