In a post a little while back, I wrote about entering a paid writing contest–one of the first ones (if not the very first) of that kind of thing I’d ever done.
I’m writing because the webinar to announce the winners was last night.
And I didn’t win.
Oh, really, that’s just…oh. You said “didn’t.”
Yeah, not even a spot in the top ten. Which is disappointing for me–I mean, we all want to win, right?
After I thought about things, I got even more upset because when the judge told us what was wrong about all/most of the subs that didn’t make Top 10, I realized I’d fallen into something I’d gotten advice against a long time ago.
Back when Mary Rosenblum was webmaster of Long Ridge, they had a blurb contest, just for fun. And she told me a piece of advice I should have remembered:
“You’ll want to get to the point in your blurb.” (Or thereabouts).
The judge for last night’s webinar had said, “A lot of times the synopsis was the problem. Don’t bail on your book. If I couldn’t tell where you wanted to go…” The submission was tossed aside.
So after the webinar, I gave my blurb a second look and realized that I could have cut out the first sentence and probably the last one too and not lost a thing. Fat = lack of focus. And I probably focused on a subplot waaaaay too much. More lack of focus.
I can sharpen things up–not for this contest of course, but if they have another one of this type (which they may or may not), I’ll be way more ready.
This is my version of “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Or in my case “Those who don’t follow good blurb advice because they forgot it may write a weakish blurb in the future.”
Maybe, in this case, I rambled just enough to confuse the right people, and so they passed me by.
I’ll try harder to put into practice what I’d already learned I’d forgot.
Until next time,