The title really ought to be, “MADE IT!!!”
I finished judging my last (I hope) contest entry in Where the Magic Begins! The Romance Writers Ink contest for unpublished writers.
I’ve probably told you more about it than you wanted to hear, but we’re almost at the end. Everyone on the committee judged at least twice as many entries as most people who pitched in to help out. I had 11 or 12, a couple of category judges had one or two more than I did, and Sandee had (at least) nineteen!
Sandee is a big reader and a wonderful judge. We don’t put our names on the entries we judge, but I truly hope the people who entered appreciate the judges.
It’s hard work. We do our best to critique these entries so they can be fixed and sell ASAP.
All the members of RWI are actively trying to sell our manuscripts, so we know exactly what it’s like to put your heart in a book. Get up early. Stay up late. Take time from your family or your knitting or other interests to tell that story.
And when that story comes to The End, we start all over with a new story, whether the last one has sold or not.
That might sound like the definition of insanity, but there are thousands of women all over America (all over the world!) who are doing the same thing.
Some are succeeding.
Sometimes our comments might seem harsh, but we work to keep that from happening. Any criticism of our babies hurts, and just like when our children have to be disciplined, it only makes them better.
We want to be a stepping stone on the way to success.
I truly hope we are!