And I don't know how deep the water is!
Last week, Amber Wentworth, the President of the RWA Futuristic Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter put out a distress call. FF&P had such an overwhelmingly positive response to their On the Far Side Contest for unpublished authors that they didn't have enough judges. And I volunteered. God help me.
I wanted to help, generous soul that I am, and Amber has gone out of her way to help me in the past, so it was time to pony up... but I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. God help the poor unpubbs!
The first thing that I did was to go to the FF&P website (it's listed here in the VERY USEFUL; VERY IMPORTANT sidebar) and copy and read the rules. Then I did the same thing with the judge's score sheet. Amber then followed up with detailed instructions. Ohhh, this is going to take a lot of thinking. I might even learn more from this than if I had entered the contest itself. Cool!
That's all well and fine, but the thing that really excites me is that there were so many unplanned for entries. This tells me that there is a growing interest in my writing genre of choice, Science Fiction Romance. What better way for me to help promote the genre in which I hope to succeed than to encourage other unpublished writers. Those aspiring writers are presently readers. Publishers take note: the market is growing.
Happy writing, happy reading,
Writing Science Fiction Romance
Real Love in a Real Future