The Contest Slut Rides Again

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I found out Saturday (after an exhausting day of house-hunting which is a whole nother post) that one of my ms. finaled in ST the SARA Merritt contest! Last year this ms came one place from finaling and normally it does either really WELL or really really BAD (ie your heroine is a slut). I”m sure if you’ve spent any time on my blog, you know which manuscript I’m talking about, however for this contest I gave it a new name.

So Cowboys Don’t Cry finaled in the Merritt under the title Once in a Blue Moon. :kiss:) Why did I do this? I”m not sure. Esp since the Merrit is a contest that requires a synopsis the judges OBVIOUSLY know the hero is an abuse survivor, but I did wonder if a different title might make a difference. What will the final round judge think? Guess we’ll find out!

I’d LOVE to go to the Merritt conference, but with buying a house, I’m just not sure if it’s feasable to spend that sort of money. However the TWW is doing an all day workshop that SAturday in Southlake with Robin Perini and Laura Baker. I’ve heard wonderful things about this workshop so I’m really really torn!

16 thoughts on “The Contest Slut Rides Again

  1. Ooh, congrats! Hm, it should be interesting to see how having a different title goes. Please do keep us informed. Wait. We’re here at your blog. *slap forehead* Of course you will tell us! πŸ™‚

  2. Congratulations, again (gg), hon! Save your money for the house. Learning the craft of writing is a life long process, and I find that all topics eventually are touch upon online, sooner or later. Once you move there’ll probably a bunch of little surprises that pop up that you’ll need the funds for. Think of all the awesome workshops you’ve already in your time writing. Don’t sweat this one.

    As for the title thing, I do believe it makes a difference. My first ms had the somewhat cheezy circa 80’s title of DENIAL,gg. If the story had been a little darker, it would have worked. But when I revised it, one of the first things I did was change the title to *Felicity Stripped Bare*. It was more fun/upbeat, and was a play on the title of another popular book: The Bride Stripped Bare. I received 7 request out of 12 agent queries sent out, and really think the title was a factor.

  3. I agree with Jaq. I liek the new title and think it really could make a difference. First impressions and all that. πŸ˜‰

  4. Yeah Cece!!! Am keeping everything crossed for you on this one!

    There’s such good news at every blog I’m visiting lately – I love it!!

  5. Yep, Cece, a title can sell or kill a book. So does a cover. So yes, we judge a book by its title and cover. πŸ™‚

    BTW, congrats on finaling in the contest! *does the Ren & Stimpy happy joy dance for you*

  6. Wicked congratulations!

    The title’s hugely important (even though they’ll probably change it anyway), but I love, love, love the title Cowboy’s Don’t Cry. I’d buy it on the title alone.

    And wooooohooooo you!

  7. :kiss:)
    You rock as does your writings. Get the house first then go from there. Plus I need a room when I come live with you. ha ha πŸ˜†

  8. Congrats on the final! That’s great! I think I like the Blue Moon title better, although I like both. Maybe it’s a thing against cowboys? (I love cowboy stories myself!) At any rate, best of luck with the final judge!

  9. Thanks Everyone!! I’m tickled!
    Maili LOL
    Amy I lurve cowboy stories too. The BLue Moon title definitely fits but it feels weird. Silma…I must admit I always judge a book by it’s cover πŸ˜‰
    Jaq I lurve the title FSB πŸ˜€