Or, if you're like me, you use Google Alerts to track your writing genre. CROSS is a middle-grade fiction novel, so a year ago I created an alert with the keywords "middle grade fiction." Each day I received a digest of appearances of those words on the Web, some of which sparked my attention and others of which I deleted. One day a digest appeared in my Inbox with information about a contest sponsored by PM Moon Publishers, LLC open to up and coming authors. First prize--a publishing contract and a cash award.
With CROSS revised but rejected by a few agents already, I decided to submit, not knowing my chances. I forwarded the manuscript via e-mail and, to be honest, forgot about it. As they say, "a watched pot never boils." But boil it did. In March of this year, I received an e-mail from PM Moon stating I'd been awarded "Honorable Mention."
After all the cells highlighted blood red on my Excel spreadsheet to indicate an agents who passed on CROSS, someone finally believed in what I'd written. Gosh, Google. Is there anything you can't do? :)
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