So, my blogging friend, Deana Barnhart, extended an invitation to me to help host for the Gearing Up To Get an Agent Blogfest this September. As someone who has benefited from blog contests, I jumped at the chance. And Deana is amazing - Go check out this incredible schedule!
Blog contests are a great opportunity to get your work out there in a way that's perhaps a little more exciting than the slog of a query inbox. It's also scary, because people will be giving you feedback which may, or may not, jive with how you think of your own work. Is it worth it? That's up to you. If you're terribly tender, then probably not. If you're someone who thrives on constructive criticism, praise, and the chance to improve your writing and pitching skills, then GO FOR IT!
And when you see someone hosting a blog contest - be sure and send them your thanks - find a way to contribute - pay it back - pay it forward - just know they are doing it for free, to build community, and out of the goodness of their hearts. Kay? Kay.
See you in September for #GUTGAA