On Being an Award-Winning Writer
I actually did win an award – I was a finalist (top 5) in a Texas-wide Manuscript Contest held by the Writers League of Texas a couple of years ago. I finished that story and it eventually became Fort Davis Rocks. I think it is the best story I’ve written so far, although not everyone I know agrees with that; I think it may sit better with men than women. Soon after I completed it I began writing the next story. I took a course we called Shameless Self Promotion sponsored by the Fredericksburg Writers Conference, in which Eva Pohler showed us how she increased sales of her young adult Greek mythology based stories. I spent all day again today with Eva in an update of the process; refined, exhaustive, almost mind-numbing in its complexity.
So, I am refining and expanding my marketing efforts in the hope that I will reach many more readers, who will be charmed by the rugged beauty of west Texas and inspired by its rough hewn diverse people.
Writing a great story is just the beginning. Finding people to read it is the greater challenge.
Oh, I did get the award pictured on this post, but it was presented to my by the US Air Force, not WLT. I would have put a picture of that award on this post, but the award consists of little more than mention in the annual Conference program and 5 minutes of fame at the podium.