I made the first round of cuts! Whoo! I didn't even realize how anxious I was until I woke up yesterday morning expecting the results. When they didn't show and no email came I started thinking I hadn't made it. The only thing that kept my same flame of hope alive was that there didn't seem to be anyone who'd received an email. After ten hours of constant check the list was finally up. I think I opened the file about ten times before I actually believed it was my name and my book title. Together.
The first round was the pitch round. I made it so I know my premise isn't crap and that essentially my query isn't crap either, although I have improved on it since submitting my pitch. Being rejected in round one just means you need to work on your pitch, find a way to distinguish it form the rest of the pack. I was kind of hoping to be eliminated in round one, that way I could tell myself that it's just my pitch they don't like.
Going into this second round, I'm scared to face the reviews of people I don't know, who I haven't established a writing relationship with. It's a month until the next elimination and I'm determined to put the contest to the side. To not worry about what the reviewers will say or whether I make it or not. But for now, I'm going to basking in the glory of having made it through round one! :)
On my iPod:
I'm in Love with a Girl by Gavin DeGraw