Oh yes ladies and germs it is that time of year again. The time I chuck some money at a chapter of Romance Writers of America and Enter a Contest.
Historically this has gone well and gone badly. The feedback I have received in the past has told me two things:
1. Taste is veeeeeery subjective.
2. I was sort of on the right track.
A few folks LOVED what I wrote. One HATED it. Well, you can't win them all, and I didn't. In fact, I didn't win any but I was a finalist in the Historical Romance category of The Catherine which is one of the reasons why I LOVE Canadians. Man, they have taste.
Those contests were primarily for Merely Players, my first completed novel. Sadly for Merely Players Madame Perfectionism here isn't happy with its current state and had grand plans to rewrite it completely. Oh yes my rough, ill mannered first baby is getting torn apart and sent to finishing school.
This time it is the turn of Boundless as the Sea, the sequel to Merely Players, a novel which flourished under NaNoWriMo and has been nurtured by WIP500. It's now one chapter away from completion and damn it, I want feedback.
I think it's quite good. Sure it has flaws but my writing has improved, I'm more certain of my voice and I like the characters. These are Good Things.
I've decided that the first two chapters have earned their moment in the sun. Off to Royal Ascot they go.
The Royal Ascot is a highly competitive annual contest run by the Beau Monde chapter of the RWA, which is focused on people writing about the Regency era. It'll be tough, but I think it looks like a really good contest. Let the feedback commence.