My Contest Entry Needs Beta Readers

xmas treeLast week I wrote about my fear of success and after reading the comments I thought long and hard about what I wanted out of my writing life.

Since I started writing I’ve joined writing groups, critiqued others work, beta read, and even had some pieces published. It’s been social, fun and a huge learning experience. I think I’m doing okay, but I suppose I could always do better.

Then a contest opportunity comes up and my first response was no way. What happens if I win?

Silly me. It’s the first place I go when I face something like this. I bounce between the possibilities.

I’m okay with doing my very best when entering a contest and crossing my fingers until the results are released. I’m okay with not winning because the act of writing makes me better storyteller.

On the other hand, what if I do win. In this case I would be mentored by an author I’ve have fanned over long before I considered offering my work up for publishing. I’ve read his work and love it to bits. This would be a dream come true.

So what’s stopping me?


Last night I decided to go for it. I’m not going to think about the consequences of my actions. No do or do not. No try. I’m just going to put my best work out there and see what happens.

Why am I blogging about it?

I’m calling for beta readersβ€”again. If you have the time and are willing, please let me know. I’ll need you for three piece of work: a hook (max 100 words), an example chapter (max 1000 words), and a detailed outline.

This my friends could be a life changer and to succeed I’ll need your help.

43 responses to “My Contest Entry Needs Beta Readers

  1. I’d be happy to help out, although if the genre is romance, I may be out of my league. Let me know.

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  3. I so wish I could offer to help 100%. Any other time (Christmas) and under any other conditions (my shoulder issue) I’d be there for you in a heartbeat. The most I can promise is to read one chapter of 1000 words. That I could do tomorrow (Wed. 14). After that, I’m not going to be around. If that works, let me know.

  4. What is your timeline Anna?

  5. I wish I could help, but things are so crazy. I’m currently editing for a client, too. I hope you get beta readers, though. And I have my fingers crossed for you. Good luck!

  6. I can help. I’ve done some editing for one of my publishers. You can contact me through my email What are your time requirements?

  7. I am overwhelmed with work and grandbabies, but my schedule may clear up, if you don’t get peeps you need, let me know.

  8. Best wishes for doing your best. You’re certainly going about it the right way.

  9. I can certainly help! I have time; the symphony is on Christmas Break, and I don’t leave for Japan until January 3, 2017. Shoot me an email!

  10. Sounds like you’ve found plenty of betas! That’s awesome.

    I applaud you for going for it. I’ll be cheering for you!

  11. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. It sounds like a great contest!

  12. So excited for you! It sounds like an amazing contest. Fingers crossed for you, and sending creative, positive vibes your way. πŸ™‚

  13. I wish I could help, but I would not be able to give it the full attention it deserves. I see a lot of good people stepping up. I am wishing you the best!
    sherry @ fundinmental

  14. Best of luck, Anna! If it’s January, I may be able to help out if you need it.

  15. What is it you need. Someone to read, to edit. I’ve never Beta read before but am willing to help. I have skills and education and am an avid reader.
    Where did you get the snow flakes, can you share?
    If you don’t pick me I hope you win and have a merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

    • Snowflakes are a setting found within wordpress.

      The beta read or critique I’m looking for is… what you like or don’t like and why. I’ll put you down on the list and send something out around Jan.

      Thanks for stepping up. πŸ™‚

  16. looks like you found some takers. not surprised in this supportive community. congrats on going for it, and good luck!
    ps – thanks for stopping by my Cradle Rock release tour!

  17. Good on you, Anna. If you need more eyes on it, let me know. You’ve got some brilliant support here. I love the writing community! πŸ™‚ Good luck with your entry, too!

  18. All the best, Anna….

    I know you can do it with distinction! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

  19. new to this, but it is on my bucket list

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