Another thing I did last year to further my career was to enter the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference contest and then attend the conference in Seattle.
Both judges from the contest could see my story being published:
One judge wrote, “Excellent job. There’s some tightening and craft work to be done, but I’m ready for more pages. Dear writer, do continue honing your skills and this particular story. I can see you selling this work….with a bit of streamlining, you’ll have a good James Patterson bullet of a tale.”
Judge two wrote, “Two thumb’s up. …so much I’d like to get into with this writer and this work. That said, ‘it’s been a pleasure. One day I very well might see this on a Borders’ shelf next couple years.”
At the conference, I met a professional book doctor, Jason Black, that I hired.
Here are a couple of comments Jason made:
…You have work to do, but you should be proud of what you’ve done so far. With a plot that’s as complex and tricky as this one, it’s not easy for anyone to come this close to getting it right as you have. Now go and take it the rest of the way.
…Please keep in touch and let me know how the book fares in the marketplace.