Poof! Like magic, my first tween novel has disappered! Well, no-not really, but until January 25th, it will be invisible from public view. I have entered my debut tween manuscript (unable to mention the name) in my first writing contest. First Impressions, a fiction contest put on by the ACFW, a premier organization for fiction writers has asked all writers submitting their manuscript to remove any mention of their manuscript from print. This includes blogs, websites, Twitter and Facebook… no easy feat. Why?
One, this specific contest is for unpublished manuscripts. Any form of print would deem the entry no longer unpublished, therefore disqualifying it. A second reason my book must temporarily cease to exists is to keep the contest fair and free of favoritism. As a result we are not allowed to even mention the title of the book.
The magic of “hiding” anything related to my novel has been a rather daunting task. As an author, we hope to expose our writing to the world and social media has been the perfect avenue. Yet here I am, sorting through all my social media and performing manual disappearing acts. Therefore, anything related to my tween novel will be temporarily hidden from my author website, blog, Twitter and Facebook. So, if my website looks a bit….empty, just know everything will “magically” reappear at the end of January when the contest ends.
Thanks for all your encouragement and support! I am excited to see how my book fares in this contest. I will keep you posted!