Those crossed fingers worked! Clingstone placed as a finalist in the I Heart Indie Contest sponsored by the Las Vegas Romance Writers! This particular contest recognizes romance book cover art in addition to the effectiveness of the book blurb summary, so it’s really exciting that Clingstone is moving on to round two! That being said, the winners will be announced sometime in August, so I’ll share more details once I find them out next month. Hooray!
The contest results from the Romance Writers of America’s various state and regional chapters have slowly been rolling in. If you’ll remember, these were the various contests I entered back in April and May after coming off my RITA funk. So far Clingstone hasn’t placed in anything, although only one contest has announced their finalists to date. Unfortunately, that was the RWA chapter that I thought Clingstone would really resonate with, that chapter being the Georgia Romance Writers. Since the book opens in Roswell, Georgia, I thought the historical significance of Clingstone alone would have been intriguing for the contest judges. And maybe it was, but as with all contests, it’s difficult to know how close or far one was from placing because the final scores aren’t released to the entrants. Clingstone might have been a hairsbreadth from placing as a finalist. Or it might have been dead last. Who knows?
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be this time around, but chin up, buttercup, I say to myself. I still have Clingstone entered in five more contests, so we’ll see if we can’t get some positive exposure some time down the road. Fingers crossed, folks.
Until then, my little scrapper fists are still a-flyin’!
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