There's a real, honest, brave, and valid discussion going on in the comments section of the Thriller/Suspense Honorable Mentions entry. There was an anonymous comment that a few people took as sour grapes, but I think there's more to it than that, and I don't think it was sour grapes at all. I desperately want to comment, but I fear I'd look stupid or ungrateful, considering.
Maybe I'll share the comment I deleted with you guys, this weekend.
This was a boost at just the right time, and I'm intensely, intensely grateful. I really needed a sign from the universe that I should take the risk and focus on my spy thriller. And I hope this turns into an opportunity, of course.
BUT, did you see, DID YOU SEE? About our friend, Aimless Writer?
"I almost didn't enter the contest after
I read aimless writer's entry about the
man in the elevator. I thought - there's
your winner right there. I thought it was
amazing and it didn't get a mention."
I think that says it all. I had the same feeling about several of the entries. I was THIS CLOSE to not entering, I swear to God, after I read your entries and some of those kick-ass female spies among the entries.
In the end, it doesn't matter if you win a particular contest, or catch the eye of this reader or that editor or this agent. I believe every single writer has readers, maybe undiscovered, who will think there story is one of their picks.
And that finding *your* readers is the one constant in this business, from beginning to end, whether those readers are agents, editors, booksellers, or "plain" readers. There will always be readers who think you suck, and there will, gratefully, be readers who think you're alright.
But, for now, let's all cross our fingers for our friends who entered in the women's fiction contest: Travis Erwin, Lainey Bancroft ... who'd I miss?