A Little Encouragement (Via the Genesis Contest)

Last year I entered the ACFW’s Genesis Contest thinking I had a fair chance of finaling if not winning in my category. I mean, I believe in my writing! Well, I didn’t even make the semis. But I did get amazing feedback from three authors that helped improve my manuscript immensely.

So this year I entered multiple manuscripts. I mean, $35 to have three well-qualified folks offer feedback? I cannot pass up a deal like that. And then I didn’t think about it anymore. An e-mail earlier this week noting that calls to semifinalists were late reminded me this was that week. That week last year when I checked messages compulsively. Well. A few lessons in humility have taught me better.

So when my husband called me at work with a lilt in his voice, I just thought he was flirting with me. But no, I got the call. I GOT THE CALL! I’m a semifinalist.

Which is a long way from being a finalist, from being a winner, from having an agent, and from publishing a book. But it’s also a long way from having an idea, from writing a book, from learning I didn’t have a clue, from editing my book, from getting just a clue, from writing another book . . .

It’s a long way. And that’s what I’m celebrating today. It’s not the finish line, but it’s a pretty, little milestone along the way. Now click here and celebrate all the semifinalists who are walking on air.

P.S. I can’t say which book until the judging is over, so if you’ve been a reader or are familiar with my titles and premises–no guessing!

9 thoughts on “A Little Encouragement (Via the Genesis Contest)

  1. Sarah, SO happy for you!! When I saw the list, I thought, “Is that MY Sarah Thomas?” One step closer for you! A lot of editors and agents peruse those lists. One day I may well say, “I knew her when!!” Bless you and enjoy the JOY:)

  2. Buffy White

    What a great boost for you, Sarah! Congratulations, and press on! Keep us “posted”! I know you will :). Any chance of being a reader of manuscripts? I’ll have time starting in August…

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