Why do I do this crazy thing?
My novel is in the Young Adult Fiction category, so I have only do to better than 4,999 novels. I only have a 0.02% chance of winning. I couldn't even get an OWI (operating while intoxicated) in Iowa with that percentage... I'd need a 0.08% blood alcohol level. (Not that I would ever want an OWI. It was just an example.)
4,000 novels will be cut from the first round in the YA category, based on the 300 word pitch. If you do the math, the pitches total up to 1,500,000 words. That's a lot of words! But - 1,200,000 of those words will be tossed out! The remaining 1,000 novels will then be judged on the 5,000 excerpt, which totals 5,000,000 words to be read! But 3,750,000 words won't move on. THEN -- those 250 novels (with an average of 75,000 words per book) will amount to over 18 million words!! Eventually, it comes down to one person and one novel. Gah, my head is spinning with those numbers!
Why? Why would you even try Krista?
|Dr. Daniel Jackson... yum!|
Writing and publishing is not without risk of rejection. Writers... have to be a little crazy by nature to try this crazy thing called traditionally publishing. I may not be good enough, but I love trying!
"Life is a journey, not a destination."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why do you try to be a writer?