In 2011, A Family of Love (also known as my current WIP) under the pen name, Angela Raye, was a runner up in Hudson Valley RWA’s Hook, Line, and Sinker Contest. Even now, I can’t decide what was the bigger thrill, opening the envelope with Hudson Valley’s certificate or seeing “Angela Raye” printed in RWA’s Romance Writer’s Report.
Writing contests, even if not producing a win, generate feedback. Two years ago, I entered various aspects of Magic Moment in several of the contests offered by RWA chapters. No, I didn’t win, my scores were “decent,” but I eagerly digested every line of feedback. One comment caught my eye and preyed on my mind. My hero, Chase, wasn’t likeable until the end of the third chapter. I know from my own leisurely reading, if I don’t like a hero or heroine in the first few pages, I’m not reading the book.So, with that one comment, I decided “Chase” needed a bit of an overhaul.
I put Magic Moment aside, worked on another project, then went back, reread, and started revising. Shortly afterwards, I sent the manuscript off to Crimson Romance and the rest is history.I often think if I hadn’t gotten that particular feedback, I might not be looking at the published copy of Magic Moment on my bookshelf.
And, the oddly enough, I don’t even know who this wonderful critic/judge is to offer my appreciation. But, if she (or he) is reading this post right now, “thank you!”
For more information on the contests I posted, check out my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/authorangela