Although I haven’t entered any contests in a while, I always have the intention of entering at least one book in a local competition each year. I haven’t made the target in 2-3 years, so some months ago I decided to enter a MG novel. The deadline for entry is today.
Having entered this competition several times, you’d think I know the rules, right?
On Friday, I downloaded an entry form for someone else and got a real shock when I noticed that the word count for YA novels is 40,000. That’s normal and I do vaguely recall coming across the information previously, but it started me thinking about just how many words I had in the novel I was planning to enter. You know what comes next, right?
Even with a glossary of terms (which by no stretch of the imagination can be considered ‘story’) I’m not even at 35k. What to do but sigh, admit I’d been foolish and move on?
I’ve also missed a deadline for submitting material in a book promotion that’s coming this week. A bad trend is developing here. It’s time to reevaluate my targets and stop spreading myself so thinly, even though I’ve always worked on several books at a time.
In the super-woman version of my publishing schedule, I had three books I wanted to get out by year end. The reality is that my sanity will most likely remain intact if I cut that back to two. I admire writers who put out an impressive volume of novellas/books in a year. Being human, I compare myself with these writers and wonder why I can’t seem to get through the unedited books I’ve had hanging around on Flipdrive for years now. Of course, I have to balance my writer envy against the fact I have a full-time job, responsibilities at church and can get only so much done in my spare time.
I’m also going to miss an editing deadline, but the worse that can happen is that the book gets pushed back by a month or so.
What about you? D’you manage your goals and deadlines any better?