The entry for the Beginning of Book Contest at the Time out for Writer's Conference is looming. I have known about this contest for months. Seriously. Why am I waiting until the last few days to submit them?
You want to know why? Heart-gripping, soul shaking, underwear-wetting fear. That's why.
The B.O.B is my first official foray into contest submissions, and it scares me. I read a couple of BOBs I'd been considering for submission to my family last night, and it was horrifying. I'd never read any of my work out loud to them before. And here I was, reading what I thought was my best stuff, secretly hoping they would love it.
Now I understand why some people will write a book and never truly finish it. Or why there are so many articles about learning to accept rejection letters. This is a big deal people!
On the upside, I now understand because I've finished my first WIP, and I've graduated to the query letter stage. Do not get me started on that topic. I'm sure I can get an amen from more than a few of you on that one.
So, to you sisters who are already well-versed in the BOB and other contest submissions, I bow in your general direction. You rock! You have nerves of steel. And I wish you all the very best of luck!