Wednesday, February 11, 2009
How to Win the Paperback in Your Hand Contest 1
Welcome everyone! Today is the first day of this Event. It's very informal, as you will note. Each day I'll be putting up a tip or trick to help writers make the most of contest writing... not only the Paperback in Your Hand Contest, but other competitions, too.
First up... if you want to enter the contest, check out the rules at http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com .
Now, here comes the first tip. It might be self-evident to some people, but it obviously isn't to others.
Obey the contest rules.
Rules are there for a number of reasons. Some rules make sure there's a level playing field for entrants. Others make life easier for the judge(s). Still others are there to help weed out entries. If you're unsure about the meaning of a rule, you should contact the contest organiser(s) and ask. For example, the Paperback in Your Hand contest asks for manuscripts of 25,000 words or under. As it happens, the contest will accept mss of up to 26,000 words, simply because editing will often remove this many from the finished product. However, this is not always so. Some contests are strict about the word count, and you may be disqualified if you overshoot the mark.
If you have any comments or questions, send us a comment. Then tune in tomorrow for the next tip.