Well, as it turns out - no it's isn't :) Is started off well - I've finalled in all the contests I've entered this year until the Clendon. And then I didn't final in the Clendon.
Or get Highly Commended.
Or even Commended.
(BTW approx 25 people either finalled, were highly commended or commended)
I haven't come any less than 8th in a competition since 2007, so to not even be in the top 50% was a serious blow to my ego. It hurt. I also seriously regretted my Clendon posts - I mean, now blogland knows I failed! I suck, and my book sucks.
Fortunately, I got over that sookiness pretty quickly (thank you to my writing friends who dealt with my sookfest).
Then I found out my placing in a contest (that hasn't been formally announced yet). I didn't place - but that wasn't the problem. I didn't get a request :( So, this new book that has finalled in everything it's entered (okay, 3 contests, but "everything" sounds more impressive!) isn't worthy of even a request for a partial. Ouch.
But - I have a new plan:
- FINALLY finish partial and submit (I do have a request for it from the FK comp -I'll need to do a considerable re-write)
- Start something new and enter Romance Is Not Dead
With my new Humble Leah hat on, I don't expect to even final - I have no doubt that the competition will be huge and of a very high quality.
But still - worth a shot, right?