I received a call this morning from the president of PNWA, the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association, and I am a finalist in their "mainstream" fiction contest. All I can say is WhooHoo!!!! And of course, I want to win first place, but it's pretty cool just being in the top ten. Cheesy, but true. It helps me feel better about myself, about my writing.
I have been so down lately about no agent wanting to represent me, that I had almost -- almost -- decided to just shelve that novel and start another, that maybe I should just throw it away, write it off (no pun intended) and use the experience in writing another.
But becoming a finalist is a affirmation of my skill, that I can write. I may never win a Pulitzer, but I know my work is publishable, and to me this proves it.
I don't know why I can't get an agent to respond. As I've discussed in earlier blog posts, there are hundreds of reasons, but I now feel better about the rejection. Plus the more I look into e-publishing, the more I think I should just skip the agent/publisher and go straight to Kindle/Nook/etc. Ultimately, I'm in this to make money, to create a path to an early retirement from Corporate America. To finally do something I enjoy for work.
e-publishing gets me there faster.
So please celebrate with me. This is definitely a step in the right direction.