Wayne Pollard, who writes the very funny Bo’s Café Life strip, which is full of observational humor about everything from the coffee klatch set to the writing life, held a contest last week – and guess who won?
Great, you're thinking, right? Except…
The winner was the one who'd garnered the most rejections for their writing in the first quarter of the year.
In case any potential agents stumble across this post, I will immediately caveat this with the fact the same work getting rejections has also gotten several requests: right now, the partial is out with two agents and the full is under consideration by three.
I started querying Sector C in March, and the contest counted rejections received Jan 1 – March 31. During March, I received 12 for Sector C plus one from Carina Press for Cameliard Rising after it had been read by three acquiring editors.
This, and earlier conversations with my critique group, has gotten me thinking about the strategy of querying - musket shot vs. machine gun. A post I'll save for the first Writerly Wednesday.
So what was the prize? I'm glad you asked. Here's the description right from Wayne's contest info:
The writer with the MOST rejection letters will get a FREE one-page evaluation of the first TEN pages of a fiction or nonfiction manuscript OR a FREE one-page evaluation of a short story (not to exceed ten pages) provided by freelance editor MELANIE RIGNEY, former Editor of Writer’s Digest magazine and former Editorial Director of Writer’s Digest Books.Yay me! Off now to decide which manuscript pages to submit…