View Full Version : No agent yet, but a contest win

05-20-2011, 10:08 AM
Okay, I've blathered about this in some private boards, so I should post where I'm supposed to.

My big fat science-fantasy epic BLACKFIRE is one of the three finalists in the Suvudu Writing Contest, sponsored by Del Rey and Bantam Spectra. I'm
very happy, considering that I was about to trunk the book because I could not get any agent notice for it.

Purple Rose
05-20-2011, 10:24 AM
Well done, Filigree. Goes to show that there's always SOMEONE out there who will appreciate your work enough to take you closer to publication. All the best!!!!

Gary Clarke
05-20-2011, 12:17 PM
That is awesome! Congratulations!

05-20-2011, 03:16 PM




05-20-2011, 03:16 PM
That earns you serious dickswinging rights round these parts. :snoopy:

05-20-2011, 04:49 PM
Congrats! That's amazing.

05-20-2011, 05:31 PM

Congrats, Filigree!

05-20-2011, 05:34 PM
CGs! That's a big boost up.

05-20-2011, 06:09 PM
That's great news. Congratulations on the win. Something nice to add to your query :).

Calla Lily
05-20-2011, 06:12 PM

05-20-2011, 06:35 PM
Thanks, everyone!

Is it seriously warped that I'm happier about being a finalist than The Winner? (Not that I don't really, really want to read BAD GLASS now, because it sounds amazing!)

I get to chart my own destiny. I now have something better for my query letters than a ten-year-old sale to an anthology from a publisher which went belly-up a year after the antho was published.

And oddly enough, I have distance. It's great that my fantasy got some notice. But the act of sending it off to the contest, and starting another WIP in the meantime, stopped cold a lot of the frustration I'd been feeling about the first story. I can see its flaws now, and how to fix them -- when I have time.

None of this would have happened if I hadn't stumbled into Absolute Write a year or so ago. So thanks again, to the members of this amazing community!

05-21-2011, 08:39 AM
Woohoo! That's awesome. Congrats!

05-21-2011, 08:56 AM
:hooray: W00t!

Mr Flibble
05-21-2011, 02:46 PM
Excellent! *does happy dance for you*

05-21-2011, 10:12 PM
Sometimes that distance is all you need. Congratulations!

05-22-2011, 02:21 AM
Congrats! That's an awesome trophy!

05-22-2011, 11:27 PM

05-23-2011, 12:17 AM
Yeee-heew! Fantastic news, you must be so excited. Well flippin done!

05-23-2011, 01:32 AM
I should be doing cartwheels, but I seem to be rather calm about it. This is what happens when one is a cynical romantic -- prepare for the worst and hope to be pleasantly surprised. I'm at the 'what next' phase.

In this case, I'm reminding myself that 1) it's been less than a week, 2) Nebula Awards are this weekend, and a major publishing conference in NY next week, so nobody's working, and 3) it's lovely that the book won some notice, but it's still the same book I've been trying to sell for two years. These things don't happen overnight, nor should they.

The oddest thing is realizing that other people besides me and my beta readers have now read the thing.

05-23-2011, 05:16 PM

Bryce Daniels
05-23-2011, 06:22 PM
BIG shout out!!!! Congrats!

05-23-2011, 07:32 PM
Woot! Woot! Congrats!

05-24-2011, 03:18 AM
Oh how awesome! Congratulations! :)