Well, I submitted my first manuscript to a narrative nonfiction contest and I can’t say that it went well. I looked over everything meticulously, but apparently my mind was somewhere else. I realized – after mailing the manuscript – that I did not include the submission fee. Oops! So, a mad dash home to type up an apology letter and when I pulled up my original cover letter I realized I had typed the date 3-3-05 at the top. NICE… Anyhoo, I typed the apology letter and enclosed the submission fee and made a mad dash to the post office – same worker from an hour before – and mailed priority. Now I can’t remember if I signed the letter – YIKES! Hopefully, they will be delivered at the same time and my manuscript will not end up in someone’s wastebasket 😦
I will find out in late spring if my manuscript is chosen as winner or finalist. I spent an enormous amount of time working on this manuscript. It is quite an accomplishment for me because I am not usually someone who sticks with my projects too long without becoming frustrated and giving up. I am proud that I have a finished product. However, I am running into a bit of a problem with starting my next manuscript. I have dedicated so much time to this one and it seems so perfect that it is hard to begin with nothing again and create, create, create. I think that I used this first manuscript as a reason to not write additional work. I am going to have to push through this “habit” of distraction.
Hope everyone has a fabulously fantastic evening!