I was holding my nephew whilst idly watching the TV wondering what I should do next month if things didn’t go to plan and suddenly a writing competition popped up on Richard and Judy. I listened intently as they went through the details of the competition. Basically they had run this competition before and felt it was so successful that they were willing to do it again. The plan was to look for the next big writer. Someone that was undiscovered but could take the writing world by storm.
I was mesmerized by it. It was like the TV show was actively calling me to enter this competition. I’m a very shy person and tend to be harder on myself than I should be at times, but I genuinely felt I could win this competition. I listened to the requirements and assumed that I couldn’t submit any of my books I had already published as e-books as they where looking for something new and unpublished, so after a minute or so debating on which book to send, I decided on ‘Talk To Me’, which is all but finished.
I went upstairs to find out that I couldn’t open the finished file on my new laptop as the file was corrupted for some reason. Luckily I remembered that I had sent an email to myself of the finished product just in case something like this occurred, and I was back in business.
I then spent 3 1/2 hours re-editing the file and adding bits here and there to add slightly more depth to the story. After that I decided to look at the terms and conditions, which stated the book had to be a minimum of 80,000 words in length.
‘Talk To Me’ is only around 57,000 words, so I felt that rather than messing with the integrity of that story just to meet their criteria, I would submit my 6th book ‘The Pornstar’, which I have deliberately not talked about in detail on my blog in case it would affect a publishing deal further down the road (Unlike the others where I have the blurb and the first few paragraphs for free on my blog). Also this book is over 110,000 words even though it is only in the first draft stage, so it felt natural to submit that book as I knew they would go crazy for it and it would give me an even stronger chance of winning.
Unfortunately for me when I reread the terms and conditions I saw in one stipulation that the author entering the competition must not have published anything in any format.
I felt gutted, because I self published my books when I was younger naively believing that because I didn’t have a writing or an English literature degree that no publisher would want to touch me, and because of this technicality I wouldn’t be able to have a chance at going through a real publisher, and of course the £50,000 publishing deal would have been nice too…
So I emailed them for clarification, more in hope than expectation, that I may have misunderstood the rules and in fact what they meant was if you had been published through a proper publisher. I felt it couldn’t hurt to ask.
But this morning I received an email from stating that I was in fact ineligible. It’s a shame but this means I will have to push ‘Talk To Me’ myself, and start contacting publishers about ‘The Pornstar’ once I understand how to do so. In any case I wish the rest of the participants good luck. It’s a shame I won’t get to mix with people who are in the same position as me and in effect go up against them, but it’s not my time yet. I just need to be patient, keep churning out high quality material and someday my time will come. I just have to have faith…