#Pit2Pub * #PitMatch * #SonofaPitch
And so MANY others - for a full listing, I recommend you check out Carissa Taylor's Blog - she's totally on top of the contests dates and times. :) These were a few I'm interested in.
For me, I'm so torn.
My newest MS is done, tweaking the tiny little details that make it better, stronger. Just waiting on a couple betas who are reading it through for flow-ability.
Having published two novels already, I am still trying to get out of the red on those. Editor costs and book designer costs are substantial, especially for a self-pubber like me, who does not have the publisher absorb those costs.
So with my MS ready, I could turn it over to an editor, and start the process of getting it ready for a self-publication date for early summer. I could start looking for a new book cover designer, and figure out what I want for a cover.
Or I could enter these contests and hope for the best. You never know I could get lucky - but most likely I'll meet numerous rejections. Which is okay - because they usually come with *something* - why they passed, what they didn't like. However with those rejections, it does mean setting back a release date on self-pubbing.
If I were to be "liked" on a pitch, and if I were to send in the requested materials, depending on the agent/publisher, it could be up to twelve weeks before hearing a rejection (or a request for more) That means with a Feb 1 contest date, a rejection could arrive as late as May 1.
Well, there goes my plan for a May 24th self-publication date. See my dilemma? So do I enter the contests, hope for the best., but still turn my MS over to an editor and start the self-pubbing journey that I will likely end up on?
What would you do?