What if there's no contest appropriate for what I really want to write?

Created over 1 year ago by TCC Edwards with 9 comments
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Me J. Graham-Jones · Author · added about 1 year ago
I don’t think you can enter at this stage since they have already started whittling the entrants down to top 75, top 25 etc, but I could be wrong. 

Probably worth getting in touch with Launch Pad or Inkshares, to clarify - since this is a contest that has multiple elements / stages to it and isn’t exactly like the other contests that are just run by Inkshares.
2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · added about 1 year ago
Another thought - I see the Launchpad Contest is still listed as ’open’ on Inkshares, while the Launchpad website says it’s closed.

When I click on the "Submit" button on Inkshares’s page for the Launchpad, it wants me to write up a brand new idea.

Um - can I submit an existing project as an entry for launchpad? 
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added about 1 year ago
@TCC Edwards I do my own editing,  basically you want to re-read your work and make sure it says what you want it to say and perfectly explains what’s happening. Don’t leave vital details to be assumed, you can allow the reader to draw their own conclusions, but don’t be so vague that it’s impossible to envision what’s going on.
Victorianphoto1editauthor2 Christopher Lee · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 1 like
I do all my own editing, usually I use Hemingway App, Grammar, and ProWriters Aid to catch the majority of major mistakes. You could also have people beta read for you to tighten your work before uploading it.
2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 2 likes
That’s good to know, thanks! Now, I want to know a bit about what happens when I start pre-orders. As I understand, no editing happens until I hit a goal of 250 orders (or better yet, 750).

Seems like a bit of a Catch-22: the book has to be good enough to gather pre-orders, but enough pre-orders will pay for editing that makes it better.

So it still seems like I’ll be hiring and paying for an editor myself, since I want the samples I give out in advertisement to represent the best possible work. Does this seem to be the case for successful authors around here?
Me J. Graham-Jones · Author · edited about 1 year ago · 1 like
There are definitely a number of books at the minute that are reaching Quill, and even full publishing, without being part of a contest.  I think a contest can certainly help, but it doesn’t seem to be essential to get support.
Victorianphoto1editauthor2 Christopher Lee · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 2 likes
@TCC Edwards Don’t sweat the contests. Build your contacts lists, talk to people, get to know the authors here. Make connections and build content for your book. Once you have a good base of people interested, it’s all about creating interesting content to grab readers attention. Also, don’t rush into a campaign unprepared, it will only hurt you. 
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
@TCC Edwards My advice is to just push for it. You can do it, there isn’t always going to be a contest, but you can always draw attention in other ways. Reach out to all of your friends, family, acquaintances, and work partners. Anyone, ask them to tell their friends about your book and so on. Keep working at it and the more you reach out the better your chances!
2017 11 10 18.40.38 1 TCC Edwards · Author · added over 1 year ago
I missed the hard sci-fi contest, and the current contest seems to be a fantasy one. The work I’m doing is on a sci-fi story (probably more soft than hard) and I’ve got an end-of-the-year deadline to get it ready for professional editing (and the preorder campaign).

From what I see, the books that actually ’make it’ around here are mostly contest winners or strong runners-up. I need to write this book, now, regardless of what contests are available. I guess I can hope that an appropriate contest will come up while I’m working, but is there anything else I can do as I finish this draft to give myself a better chance?