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Think Before You Act

Hello Everyone,
Hope you're having a wonderful 2013.  I celebrated the New Year with friends and had a fantastic time.  With all the festivities I almost forgot about the Insecure Writer's Group hosted by  Alex J. Cavanaugh.  Guess it's better to submit my post late than not at all. 

As many of you know, last month I completed the portion of my novel which is set in the 16th century Mayan jungle. About a week later, I  experienced a rare burst of confidence and submitted the first 50 pages to an unpublished novel contest hosted by  James River Writers.  Now, I'm feeling pretty insecure about this decision.  

At first I thought, what the heck, it would be good to get some feedback on my work, never considering that my book would make the cut or that the judges would request a full.  That is until my husband asked the "What if they did" question. Although my novel is complete, I'm not sure it's ready to be scrutinized by professionals.  I'm insecure that they'll think my work stinks. Yes, I know, it is wise to think before you act__I should have done just that before I submitted the piece, but I didn't.  Guess my only choice is to play the wait and see game.  

 Since it's the New Year, and I've endeavored to be more positive, I'll try to use this experience as practice for the query process.  From what I hear, contests are a cake walk in comparison.  Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.  Hope you have a blessed 2013. Until next time, happy writing.     

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I've posted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout, a publishing program ran by Amazon. It allows unpublished authors to post their work for thirty days. During that time, readers log on, read the excerpt (or not) and if they like what they see, they nominate the author for publication. At the end of the campaign, the nominations are tallied and the board votes on which books to publish. 

PAWN OF THE GODS has been up for a little over a week.  It was on the Hot and Trending list for nineteen hours, and more than one thousand seven-hundred visitors have viewed my excerpt.  All good stuff right? If that's true, why the hell am I so insecure? I suppose it's because I'm putting myself out there. It's tough to do, especially with such stiff competition. 

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Book Summary
According to Mayan prophecy the gods of the underworld will declare war on man. Their undoing however, lies hidden deep in the Yucatan in 1572, when a winged entrusted a celestial weapon to a Spanish Conquistador for safe keeping.
Five hundred years later, the winged god reveals himself to Soledad Mendoza, detailing how she is tied to the conquistador, and the impending war. But the young English professor is unsure of herself. Out of shape and a lonely widow at thirty, her predilection for scotch makes her more suited to join a twelve-step program, than become a hero.
Unfortunately, Soledad is forced into action when she learns her family friend, Senator Earl Edmondson has ties to the conquistador and the weapon, ties that could either harm or help her.
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