Okay, I’m not talking about the Olympics. I’m talking about writing. About your books or the book you’re currently working on. Your book is one in a world of Olympian books.
Don’t be afraid of going for gold.
Keep a file on your computer where you can store information folders on each contest.
Of course you have to decide if you can afford entering. Do you believe your book could win? Do you know the genre of your book, in case the contest separates books by genre?
Once you enter your book, forget about it. It won’t do any good to check the webpage every day. If you win, you’ll be notified.
Why is entering contests something you should consider doing? It can really hurt if your book is rejected or doesn’t place, let alone win. But if you do win, it’ll make you dance around your office. Or is that just me? I entered Angel Sometimes, my latest book, into a contest, the USA Best Book Awards in the New Age Fiction category. And I won.
You can do that, as well.
Helen Ginger is an author, blogger, and the Coordinator of Story Circle Network's Editorial Services and writing coach. She teaches public speaking as well as writing and marketing workshops. In addition, her free ezine, Doing It Write, which goes out to subscribers around the globe, is now in its fourteenth year of publication. You can follow Helen on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Helen is the author of 3 books in TSTC Publishing’s TechCareers series, Angel Sometimes, and two of her short stories can be found in the anthology, The Corner Cafe. Her next book, Dismembering the Past, is due out in Spring 2013.