So I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Couldn't hurt, but could definitely help. Today the first round finalists were listed.
My heart broke a bit when I realized that my name was sadly absent.
It took a few minutes. I thought I might sniffle a bit. But, no tears...just that little hollow feeling.
But, when I really thought about it, I realized, I'm okay. It's a learning experience. My pitch didn't do the job, therefore I need to work on my pitch.
Let's face it, writing the story is the easy part. All the stuff that comes after is where the real work lies. All the edits, the proofing, the marketing, the pitching...
I find the marketing and pitching to be the most difficult part of the writer life. I don't want to push my work on others. I don't want to come off like I think I'm the greatest thing since...well, pick your favorite cliché. I just want to tell a story that draws the reader into the world I've created, taking them on a harrowing journey with some wild and crazy characters. I want to entertain.
So as a very memory deficient little fish once said, "Just keep writing, that's what we do, we wriiiiiiite!"