Tuesday, June 8, 2010

On Tooting Your Own Horn

In a recent post about how to use social media more effectively, blog friend Jody Hedlund said, "Cyberland is not the place to continuously brag about our awesome accomplishments and our five-star book reviews."

And I completely agree - as I often do - with Jody's assesment...


No, no, dear readers. Today I'm bragging. Shameless, Blatant, Narcissistic BRAGGING.

Why? Why all this nonsense?

I'll tell you.

I got an HONORABLE MENTION in agent Rachelle Gardner's One Sentence Summary Contest. I almost peed a little when I saw it.

In all honesty, I'm incredibly grateful. I know it's not a HUGE deal (I mean, it's not like I actually WON the contest, my name wasn't even included next to my pitch) but it was good enough to be mentioned by Rachelle, and for me, little novice writer, that is BIG. 

It's big for me, because this writing game can be so nerve-wracking, overwhelming, and discouraging. This little blip, this flash of MY words on HER blog, was just the shot in the arm that I needed to get this book finished. Because maybe, JUST MAYBE, someone will actually want to read it...

Seriously, Rachelle, you've made this writer's YEAR. :)

What about you? Have you gotten a shot in the arm lately? Or could you use one?


  1. That is fantastic Beth! And it is a big deal (a lot of people enter those things!), you should be proud. I hope it gives you the confidence you need to finish writing your book. :)

  2. Oh my goodness. You can't do this to me. Where is the blip? I want to read your summary. This is stellar!

    Way to go, Beth!

  3. Wow, Beth, of course brag about that!!! Writing is a crazy tough world! Whoo Hoo, congrats! Now tell: what was the line? :)

  4. Those are the little things that keep you going! I had an agent critique my query and suggest I send in a few chapters when I'm done. That was awhile ago, and my book has a long way to go. However, it gave me lots of momentum.

  5. Yay! That's so cool! I read those summaries and they were good. Congratulations!

  6. Congrats! I shouting and doing the Snoopy dance for you, Roland

  7. That's awesome, Beth! congratulations! I'd be doing a big ol' happy dance as well! Good for you.

  8. Wow!! You must have been so excited to see your words there! Congratulations!!

  9. How exciting! I'm still kicking myself for being a day (or more) late to the contest. I think I would have been a "DO NOT DO THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE" but hey at least I would know, right? LOL.

    Finish that book so we can hear all about getting an agent and getting it published and meeting you on your book-signing tour!

  10. That is wonderful!! Congrats on that one! There were so many to choose from so I would be dancing:)

  11. You shouldn't leave these people hanging should you...tell them your awesome one-liner that got you an honorable mention =)! And I don't think you mentioned how many HUNDREDS of people entered that thing either =) GO ON AND BRAG SOME MORE you deserve it =)!