Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's Time

Oh Baby.

When I saw that e-mail my blood started pumping. My heart did a little dance. And my fingers tingled.

It's that time of year. The ACFW Genesis contest is open.

If you've never sent in the first fifteen pages of your fiction work of art, then this is the year. Stop putting it off.

Last year, I took the leap while in the throes of the flu. With only a few days left to submit, I whipped my latest WIP together and sent it off.

Best $35 I ever spent. No, I didn't place. Sigh. But what I did get was some of the best advice and critiques ever. And the manuscript I sent in is now sitting on a publisher's desk as a whole request.

I don't have the money to attend a conference this year--so this is the next best way to get my work out there.

So. Did I just sound like an infomercial or what?

Oh Baby. Get moving.

27 comments:

Journaling Woman said...

Thanks for the info. I will check it out!!!

Jody Hedlund said...

I saw that email too! And it brings back VERY fond memories! That contest was the BEST jump start to my writing career ever! Blessings to everyone entering this year!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Terri: You are a natural born marketing gal-- I love the plug for Genesis contest. If your ms is anywhere near as good as your commercial, get your contract signing pen out!

Galen Kindley--Author said...

It's scary to put your work out there, but I trust you when you say it's well worth it. Besides, what's the point of creating work if you never share it? I'll have to check to see if there is a genre limitation.

Best Wishes Galen.
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Heading over there to check that baby out!
~ Wendy

Karen Lange said...

I'm cheering for you! Hugs and blessings:)

Janna Qualman said...

LOL! Good luck to all those entering!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Congrats on having a full out, Terri. That's awesome news.

I've been debating about entering this year. I need to pray more on that.

Andrea said...

Thanks for your constant encouragement in our writing journey's and other aspects of our lives.
andrea

Greg C said...

Thanks for the tip Terri. Maybe this is the spark I have been looking for.

T. Anne said...

Terri, I'm going to do this for the very first time. Is it just the first fifteen pages? I guess I need to find out the details. i'd like to enter more than once as well.

Melissa Marsh said...

Blessings on your entry this year!!!

Jill Kemerer said...

Awesome! What are you submitting this year? I'm sooo excited for you!

Nancy said...

Sounds like a winner if you have a product ready to go. The categories don't fit my writing. I hope you win or at least place this year.

carolynyalin said...

I entered a contest, hope I get the email :)

Texas Playwright Chick said...

Terri, you maka me laugh! Wow, I'm so excited, I want to enter it! But I'm a playwright - although I always have a few fiction ideas rolling around my head. Hmmm, may have to think about this one a bit.
Sounds so intriguing!

destrella said...

Thanks for the heads up. Will check it out. :O)

Kara said...

How exciting! Good luck to everyone entering:)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Woohoo! Maybe this will be the year you place.

I saw the email and saved it. Thanks for the push. I'll go check it out.

Blessings,
Susan :)

bluamaryllis said...

I've passed on your post to two friends of mine. I hope they'll catch the train. good luck to you!
And thanks for the info!
Maryse

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Praying that this time you're a winner!

Love writing contests and searching for the best of my writing to submit. Would be just as excited if you won as I would be if I did!

Jessica said...

I guess I should enter. I didn't last year but now I'm wondering if I should. Hmmm... Thanks for the reminder. :-)

sarah said...

Terri...you're too awesome. I love how you pump people to move forward with their work. It's like you've jumped in with two feet and you're taking a load of people with you. ☺

LisaShaw said...

Oh baby!! You are great Terri!

Came by to love on you this evening and to pray that all is well.

tattytiara said...

That does sound like a good deal - well done!

jdcoughlin said...

Yeah, but a really hip commercial kinda like that boy standing on the side of the road just saying, zoom, zoom, and then that's all you want to do is zoom over there, with your 35 bucks and fist fifteen though! Best of luck!!

Emily said...

This contest was amazingly helpful to me, too. Those critiques alone make membership worthwhile, even though there's so much more you can get from ACFW, too.