When I didn’t have an agent, I was always participating in contests and they sort of gave me this thrill I loved. I mean, contests are SO EXCITING, right? But then I found out that being agented, I couldn’t participate anymore. So I came up with the idea of organizing the contests myself, and I found out that I LOVE to help out writers accomplish their dreams. So that’s when I began focusing my blog for unagented writers and I started to give away critiques and contacting agents for interviews and contests. Sometimes I also like to post my thoughts and make friends in the process. It’s been really fun!
My love for this community also inspired me to start blogging because I wanted to be fully immersed in it. ;)
But when I wanted to reach out and make sure that the community noticed my blog, I promoted my contests and interviews on Twitter, Query Tracker, Absolute Write, etc.
For me, the most challenging part is balancing my non-writerly life with the writerly one. Because a contest like The Writer’s Voice demands a lot of time and attention, and I had to be very careful not to let my hubby and kids pout because mommy was so busy. ;)
As for the indirect stories, I’ve had some writers who have emailed me to let me know that one of my contests led to great feedback from agents, which they used later and snatched another agent after revisions. These writers make me VERY happy!