Well. This is certainly unexpected!
I got an email today from Launch Pad, a project run by The Tracking Board. I was very excited to see it, as the title suggested that one of the two submissions I put in made it to the next round.
I was wrong.
Deep breath. Exhale. Oh boy.
Both the sci-fi work Far Flung and the epic fantasy Bound in Shadows rated well enough with judges to progress into the Top 75.
Wow, I am excited! I don’t know how many entries there were overall, but the 2016 contest had over 1000 entries – I’m assuming this year’s had even more.
Now comes the really interesting part – one of my stories might make it further up in the ranks and get into the top 25, or even the top 10. The higher one of my stories gets, the more rewards I get – with a possibility of a full signing or publishing deal.
There’s also the Inkshares part of the contest – the top 3 stories submitted to both Inkshares and Launch Pad will get full publishing deals through Inkshares. But one of my stories can only win this if I start campaigning for crowdfunding AND my campaign reaches the top 3 on Inkshares.
Two entries in the Top 75!
This is great – it means that experts in the publishing industry are reading the preview manuscripts I submitted and eyeing them for their potential as books or even TV or movie projects. I’ll have to see which perks and extras from the contest I will win – it depends on how much further the stories go.
In a contest that must have had many, many entries, two written by me got enough regard to place in the top 75. I can brag about this. (Authors have to brag; it’s how we survive.) I feel great – my writing has potential and I can indeed get a novel published, one way or another.