What’s the best thing here?

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I have this writing contest going on, and it’s tricky what to say about it.

I’ve seen these contests change people’s lives!

More or less.

If I say, “Hey, we are getting more entries to date than ever before!” – does that scare people away because they think they’ll have less of a chance to win?

If I say, “Wow, we aren’t getting many entries so far” – does that scare people away because they think, well, if the contest isn’t getting a lot of entries, it’s a dud and I shouldn’t waste my time?

It’s a dilemma.

I’ll say this.

Yes, so far it appears we are getting more entries TO DATE than in prior contests.

That doesn’t really mean anything, though, because most of you guys wait until the last minute to send your stuff in, so right now I have no idea if I’m about to get a flash flood or a dry river bed.

I could say that overall the stories are better so far and it looks like our best group yet

…except for fairness reasons, I haven’t started reading them yet.  That’s not me being a procrastinator (although that’s always a potential factor) but rather, if I read a story on July 2 and another one on July 31, it’s harder for me to remember the first one and compare them evenly. So even though it seems like procrastination, and to a certain degree it is (possibly a large degree), it’s also the best way for me to be fair.

Do I expect the contest to change your life? Hard to say, but let’s go with yes. Because it kinda has for quite a few people who’ve entered/

I think.

So I’ll say everything looks good.

The stories I’ve sneaked a peek at look good.

The quality of the writing by people in the Private Critique Group is through the roof. I’m loving working with you guys. (That’s a totally separate issue, and not related to the contest at all, but still worth sharing.)

Okay that’s it.

Enter the contest. It will change your life.



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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

9 thoughts on “What’s the best thing here?

  1. I am learning a lot from your critiques, Dan. That alone makes it worthwhile for me to enter these competitions. I also learn from the winning stories so it is a great thing all round.

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