One of the few reasons I decided to take a month-long break from the robust articles for this blog was not all about involving catching up on sorting books and arranging reviews. In fact, I hardly had the time to make that possible for nearly two weeks and that was shortly after Christmas. Although my mom is doing alright, I did not take up too much time getting anything done and I apologize for that problem.
Nevertheless, I did manage to get some other things done, which included entering a novel contest on create-space. In fact shortly after this post is put online, my book will be counted among 10,000 other contestants in a race to become ‘published’ traditionally by Penguin books. Although I have neither taken an interest in book contests nor entered one personally, I reconsidered and changed my mind, especially with the offers this contest entered.
While one may see the excitement for hearing from other aspiring critics, he or she may also hear the mental anxiety from thinking there is failure. If there is one thing that sends chills down my spines, it is this: not getting noticed. Out of my personal experiences, I have tried a few minor ways of getting my name out there, ranging from holding a contest on this blog to even writing to a literary agent, in hopes that I would receive a type of recognition.
Despite the vast differences between the methods of promotion, I recognize and seize every moment of opportunity to gain some ‘stardom.’ As of tomorrow (2/8/2012), I decided to post my pitch online to see whether my skills pull readers into wanting more of my work or reject the storyline altogether. Receiving comments on this pitch would be very helpful; at least I won’t run into any particular surprises, whether I will win entrance into the second round or part ways at the first.