Tooting My Horn!

There is an odd little thing about being an author. Well, there are several, but this blog post will focus on self-promotion. I hateses it. It is akin to having to take professional pictures.


Jungle web


In order to get my name out there and to help my skills, I enter writing contests. It’s a tricky business because you usually have to pay up front and when you’re writing as a hobby, you have to look at is as an investment. Personally, I pick contests that give me feedback from judges. While I may not agree with their comments, it certainly opens my eyes to the possible plot holes and character faults.


During my recent hiatus, I had the pleasure of hearing back from a couple of these entries:



This one is a short story that has so much of me in the lines. It is scheduled to be printed in an anthology (group of short stories) next year.  I’ll let you know about the release date as soon as I know!


Ironically, another story of mine will also be published by ACFW Houston soon, in a separate anthology. While “Katrina in Wonderland” wasn’t a finalist at the time, they asked to include it in the publication. Guys…it’ll be the first “real” book with my name on it!


Jars of Clay emotion


Then, this just happened:

Rattler announcement

Totally out of left field! I entered the suspense category for two reasons: I couldn’t enter the YA category because my fantastic agent was the guest judge and I wanted some feedback on this new genre. Slap me with a fish when I received this!


So, I now consider my horn tooted.


Have you ever entered any contests? Besides Publisher’s Clearinghouse?

About seclancy5149

When tasked with how to describe myself, I get quiet, leading people to believe that I am trying to come up with something deep and meaningful. In fact, I am trying to decide which to display without confusing them. I'm a Christian. And that doesn't mean that I simply say it - I love the Lord and have figured out over the years that He knows what He's doing, even when I am stomping my feet or looking at Him like I have no clue what is going on (*hint* it happens more than I'd care to admit). Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a wee lil' thing; I kept my first poem in all of it's stammering, unevenness. Wife and mom, daughter and sister, aunt and Sunday School teacher, I adore the roles that God has given me. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek and self proclaimed dork, there isn't much that I won't try at least once...unless it involves mayonnaise because that stuff is just gross. View all posts by seclancy5149

One response to “Tooting My Horn!

  • Jebraun Clifford

    Contests. Ugh. I both loathes them and loves them. I’ve gotten helpful though hurtful advice, over-the-top compliments, criticism that left me scratching my head, and everything in between. I’m sitting out of them for awhile.

    But congratulations on all your good news! Very exciting!!

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