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Why You Should Enter Writing Contests: A Contemporary Romance RWA Members-Only Workshop

Some people think I’m crazy for entering so many awards and contests. To date, I’ve entered one-hundred-twenty five. Of that number, I’ve finaled in or won twenty-five. And I’ve learned a few things on my roller-coaster ride.

Awards and contests may be among the most underutilized marketing vehicles pursued by authors. From the chance to have your work read by industry decision-makers, to receiving feedback and scorecards, to—yes—the perks of finaling and winning, I’ll give compelling reasons to add the right ones to your marketing repertoire. Even if you don’t think your books are award-winning quality, the better contests will show you things about your work you won’t learn any other way. Join me for this five-day workshop and I’ll tell you why.

  • Day 1. Contests vs. awards: what purpose each one serves and the basic case for entering

  • Day 2. What to enter: how to tell the best ones from the not-so-great ones to the straight-up scams

  • Day 3 . When to enter contests: how ready does your manuscript have to be?

  • Day 4. What to do when you lose: just because you didn’t place doesn’t mean it’s over

  • Day 5. What to do when you win: how to milk it for all it’s worth 

This event is open only to members of Contemporary Romance Writers, the Contemporary Romance sub-chapter of Romance Writers of America. Wanna join CR-RWA? Click this link right here!

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