Well, I did it. I hit "ENTER" and submitted two entries to the ACFW Genesis contest. The deadline isn't until the 31st but I wanted to submit a hair early (as Camy encourages us to) just in case there's a problem with the submission. I'd hate to be disqualified because I waited until the last second. Just another reason my analness about always being early is a good thing.
However, after I submitted my first entry, which was edited and proofed by no less than five people, I noticed an error. An ERROR! As in, a tense error. I switched the manuscript from past to present tense and I missed a word. UGH! There is nothing more frustrating for me than realizing I made a mistake (a dumb one at that) AFTER I submit. The perfectionist in me is definitely not a happy camper.
But what can I do?
Not much. Except pray that all three judges miss that little word or at least overlook my little mistake.
As for my stories, I really do love them both (of course I do-I'm the author). I just hope and pray the judges love them just as much. The scary thing is that the categories I entered this year typically have a ton more entries than the one I finaled in last year. More competition, which equals less chance of making it through. But you never know.
I'm a little nervous about the possibility of finaling because neither book is near finished. My goal is to at least have a rough draft of both by the ACFW conference this September. And that goal is whether I place or not. IF I make it to the conference, I'd love the opportunity to pitch both books - which are completely different and will appeal to different readers (and publishing houses).
Even if I don't final with either of my two submissions, I welcome the feedback I'll receive which will only help make my stories better.
In rereading this post, I realize how much I've been rambling. Forgive me if you're having a tough time following along. Just know that I know what I'm talking about.
Finalists will be announced around May 1st.
So now the nail biting begins.