I have entered this contest before and last year I was excited to receive an email after the contest was over. I didn't win, but competition coordinator emailed me to inform me about a comment one of the judges made about my story. She said she hoped the info would be helpful and constructive as I developed other stories. I thought this was very nice of her. I guess you could compare it to getting a nice rejection letter instead of a form rejection letter.
I have not decided if I will enter this year or not since they added the entry fee. With only one cash winner in each category, I am not sure if I would have much of a chance.
I am still making changes to my new picture book manuscript. We had a writer's meeting and they liked the story and offered a few helpful suggestions.
I have read a middle grade book titled, Turtle in Paradise, since I last blogged. It was recommended on another writer's blog site. It is a Newbery Honor Book and takes place in Key West, Florida in 1935. I love Jennifer Holm's style of writing. I love the characters in the book, especially the main character, Turtle. Here is a small snippet
Folks have always told me that I look like Mama. My hair's brown, same as hers, but it's cut short in a bob with bangs, like a soup bowl turned upside down. Mama keeps hers long as a good dream, because that's the way Archie likes it.
Our eyes are different, though. I think the color of a person's eyes says a lot about them. Mama has soft blue eyes, and all she sees is kittens and roses. My eyes are gray as soot, and I see things for what they are. The mean boy on the porch has green eyes. Probably from all the snot in his nose.
In other news, I have joined Twitter. I am now able to Tweet!
Click on the Twitter button on my side bar and follow me on Twitter.
As of yet, I have not Tweeted.
Any of you out there have any suggestions on using Twitter?