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Me & Contests: Hysterical Together

Posted by Susan McGeown on October 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM

 

 

So, when I found out I was a finalist in the 2008 Golden Rose Contest in the category "Novel With Romantic Elements" for Rosamund's Bower I was so excited I couldn't stand myself.  When the winners were finally announced there were four names listed and three award categories: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. I was the fourth name.  Alone in my office I fought back my disappointment and tried to remind myself how great it was that I even finaled in my first contest attempt.  Then I noticed a little asterisk after a few of the names on the list.  Reading the fine print below it said, "*Full Manuscript Requested By Agent."  I remember thinking,"HEY!  I got asked for a full manuscript!"  So, I contacted the contest coordinator and asked timidly, "Could I at least have an asterisk by my name?"

 

Imagine my shock when the responding email said, "Oh Sue!  I'm so very sorry for the confusion!  YOU WON IN THAT CATEGORY!!!"   Waves of delight rolled through me.  And then I thought about that poor woman who'd been told that she won in error. 

 

So, yesterday I got an email that said, "Congratulations Susan!"  You would think that with all the time I spend at my computer that I'm impressively skilled, but I'm not.  At all.  While I recognized the EPIC name, I am completely paranoid about opening attachments - of which there were three in this email.  To make matters worse, in my curious enthusiasm I opened one attachment and was horrified to scroll through a collection of random personal pictures that I had received via email over the last few months. I immediately assumed the message was spam, that I had been hacked, and completely panicked.  I notified EPIC's webmaster to let him know that their site was being used fraudulently, forwarding the spam email and advising DON'T OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS TO THIS EMAIL!!   "I’ve just received this forwarded email,” I wrote, “and I’m frightened because I know it’s not real."  Desperately, I asked him if he could send any information my way about protecting my computer.

 

Imagine my shock when the responding email said,  "This is real.  You are a finalist in the EPIC eBook Awards contest.  EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Coalition™ (www.epicauthors.com) is delighted to announce that your entry, No Darkness So Great, is a finalist in the Historical Fiction Category of the 2011 EPIC eBook Awards Competition™. 


Better to laugh in embarrassment then cry in stupidity!

 

Given my history thus far with contests, I don’t think it’s safe for me to attend the EPIC awards ceremony down in Williamsburg, Virginia in March, 2011.  Do you?





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7 Comments

Reply Debi
2:09 PM on January 8, 2011 
The more the merrier. :)

Susan McGeown says...
I've got a few close girlfriends - all who are saying I should go. I'm afraid we're a little bit like Lucy Riccardo and Ethel Mertz, so inviting any of them to go along with me ... might not be the best idea!! But you're right, I should bring someone along!!
Reply Susan McGeown
10:27 AM on January 8, 2011 
Jen says...
That sounds like something I would do *grin* (not that I am an award-winning author, mind). I can, however, heartily recommend PCcillan by Trend Micro. It costs about $80 a year and will protect your computer (and any and all personal information on it) quite thoroughly. Congratulations on your accomplishment, and I think you should definitely attend (just take someone along who can give you a good pinch as needed ;o)


I've got a few close girlfriends - all who are saying I should go. I'm afraid we're a little bit like Lucy Riccardo and Ethel Mertz, so inviting any of them to go along with me ... might not be the best idea!! But you're right, I should bring someone along!!
Reply Susan McGeown
10:24 AM on January 8, 2011 
Debi Sullivan says...
We don't bite...much :)


Are you sure, Debi?! :)
Reply Susan McGeown
10:24 AM on January 8, 2011 
Love you, Patti!!
Reply Jen
6:55 AM on January 8, 2011 
That sounds like something I would do *grin* (not that I am an award-winning author, mind). I can, however, heartily recommend PCcillan by Trend Micro. It costs about $80 a year and will protect your computer (and any and all personal information on it) quite thoroughly. Congratulations on your accomplishment, and I think you should definitely attend (just take someone along who can give you a good pinch as needed ;o)
Reply Debi Sullivan
2:25 PM on November 2, 2010 
We don't bite...much :)
Reply Patti Harmer
11:11 AM on November 2, 2010 
YES, you must go. I read the 1st chapter of No Darkness So Great and I can't wait to read the entire book. I can see you now, red face as they call your name as the WINNER. You deserve it; you are a great writer. It's going to be great to hear all about your adventure upon your return - that's what I enjoy the most, when you tell us all about the adventures in your life. Keep writing, Patti Harmer