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What I Learned from #theWVoice

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1.  I can no longer say I’ve never won anything.  The rafflecopter picked me.

2.  This is/was the nicest, most supportive bunch of contestants and coaches I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet.

3.  My query does indeed need an overhaul, as I suspected.

4.  My first 250 apparently do not (per comments anyway, there’s always room for improvement).

5.  It’s easier to handle disappointment when all the entries were seriously so damn good.

6.  @annettetdodd is an amazing stats woman

7.  It’s okay to be humorous and serious at the same time.

8.  My site got visits from all over the world.

9.  It’s easy for even a shy person to make friends in such a competition if she lets herself.

10.  Contests such as #TheWVoice, PitMad, #PitchWars, and #QueryKombat  can be well worth your time for feedback, making new friends/connections, and generally putting yourself out there.  Instead of the cold and lonely plunge into the sea of agents, you can get your feet wet in warmer water and learn a lot. (Though The Write Voice is the only one I’ve participated in, the experience was so positive I’m sure there will be others in my future.)

11.  I will follow these entries through the next rounds of the contest.  Every one of them is outstanding and I hope to learn a few things by contrasting original queries with the polished queries posted for the agents round.

12.  I’m a little sad it’s over for me because I’ve enjoyed these writers and coaches immensely.

13. I’m so happy to have made some great new twitter friends.

14.  I have tremendous respect for the coaches and the effort they expended to make The Writers Voice happen.

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First Queries Out

I did it!  I sent my first batch of five queries yesterday.

And had my first rejection today.

I expected it, but my reaction still surprised me.  It’s a milder version of how you feel when you finish a novel: part letdown, part loss, part guilt, part relief.  It didn’t last long, though.  I’ve started a new novel to keep busy.

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