Elizabeth Arroyo, who's blogging about blog contests.
(And if you're wondering where my hangers are..they're somewhere else)
The blogosphere is full of agent/publisher judged contests, but is it worth trying?
Posting pitches, first 250 words, first sentence, and/or last sentence for a contest forces you to scrutinize every word making your prose stronger. When I finally braved the contest waters I learned the power of one word, one phrase. I learned the power of voice and character. I learned the importance of drawing in the reader with the shortest amount of words.
My first request for pages was a direct result of a pitch contest in which I lost! My pitch was not selected by the judging agent. After the contest, I received an email from a fantastic agent who read my pitch and was interested in seeing more, an agent closed to unsolicited queries.
How’s that for a surprise?
Here are a few of the entries that got requests.
"After a drive-by shooting leaves Arianna w/ an unexpected boyfriend, she finds that love alone won’t save him from life on the streets." 140 word pitch contest (twitter style)
"After Gabby refuses to give her soul to a demon, she’s given twenty-four hours to comply while her friends begin to die. Jake, her almost boyfriend, is the key to her salvation, but a fool with a key is a very dangerous thing." Three sentence pitch.
Some great blogs that have contests regularly
Miss Snark’s First Victim
Cupid Literary Connection
Brenda Drake’s Blog
What are your thoughts on contests?
Elizabeth spent most of her younger years as an avid reader with a wild imagination which led her to write her first manuscript at the age of fourteen. Her fascination with the paranormal was influenced by the vivid ghost and demon stories of her father, scaring the crap out of her. It also led her to ask the "what if" question that propelled her down the path of the fantastical.
Life got in the way. But her love of stories held, and in 2008 she found herself back into her storytelling roots and began writing again. Since then she's published a short story in SQ Magazine, countless musings on her blog - Chandara Writes, and completed three manuscripts.
In 2012, Elizabeth signed with Sapphire Star Publishing to release her debut novel, THE SECOND SIGN, a Dark YA Paranormal Romance to be released February 7, 2013. You can follow her journey on her Blog and on Twitter- EArroyo5.
With that, I bid you adieu and I shall see you on Friday for some fun.