One of the reasons for entering this year was the people who finished above me in a contest last year have been offered contracts and I missed out because a person I knew hated my work and hacked the contest to rig the reader figures on which the result was based http://alsdomain.weebly.com/9/post/2013/11/she-won.html#.UnvD5HBSia0 after being denied a chance and seeing how others did so well, I chose to enter, even though I had my doubts about the strength of my work.
The story had to be written exclusively for the contest, but it will later appear in the selection I plan called "The Indie Wars," http://alsdomain.weebly.com/5/post/2013/11/the-indie-wars.html#.UnvAD3BSia0
At the present I have yet to decide where it will appear in the series-at the end of book, or perhaps as the finale'.
As with many of my stories, this has an intriguing history. I started the story on Bookrix and it got hammered by a certain group of writers-the main complaint was show don't tell-but in the opinion of many readers of the story, it was a great, high action series; as was shown by the constant amount of on line readers in 2011, when it ran for fourteen weeks.
I realise Farenheit 451 mixed with Mad Max and a touch of War of the Worlds will not please everyone, but neither does 50 Shades of Grey.
One of the reasons I ran foul of the "in crowd" at Bookrix is I refused to cow to pressure and say the work of the top group was brilliant; it was good in parts, but mediocre in the main-who writes FOUR books in a series with almost identical covers and on the theme of "Phone calls I wish I had made."
Another of the group won a contest, despite having her story shredded by a younger writer. One of the reasons for the bad critique' was despite a Swiss school education and colleges, she didn't realise the term verdant means green.
A third member of the group had one of his stories rated 1 star material on Amazon-by one of his biggest fans.
And these people say I can't write.