Fellow writer and blogger Gabriela Lessa posted the winner for the contest I entered on her blog, today. Unfortunately, it wasn't me, but I'd like to offer my congratulations to the winner, Kristin Contino. You can read more about it here.
There were great entries in this category, and I'm sure judging had to be tough.
Even though my submission wasn't selected, the process was beneficial. I learned a lot about the importance of making an excellent first impression. I am even more determined than ever to make my story stronger.
I've made a few changes to the book already:
1. The book has a new title. Hard Hats and Flip Flops is now Hard Hats and Doormats (This really isn't a big deal in the end, because a publisher could change it, but I think every story needs to be called something.)
2. I cut out a chapter. I might work it in somewhere else, but I wanted to get to the action faster.
3. I have a new pitch. "A reformed pushover takes charge of her life and finds love and the courage to start over while working in the cut-throat Gulf Coast chemical industry.
Thoughts? I value any feedback.
Again, congratulations to the winner and thank you, Gabriela, for the chance to participate.