by Ken Barnett
With the contest not closing until the end of June and semi-finalists not being announced until late July, I actually pretty much forgot about it.
On July 20th I received notification that my novel was among the ten semi-finalists, selected by a judging panel of thirteen authors. Well, needless to say, that got my attention. Then, last Sunday, I received an e-mail advising me that Skeletons was among the three finalists for the $1,000.00 first prize and possible publishing considerations!
If you know of Clive Cussler, you are aware that he is the adventure writing superhero of our age. His son, Dirk, now writes also, and will be the sole judge of the three remaining finalists. The contest chairman contacted me this morning, and I will be on my way to Denver in October for the ceremonies. Stunning!
I’m letting you know all this in praise of Brenda, because without her workshops and critiques this never would have happened. After each of her classes, I went back and re-read and re-wrote on my book based on her input and suggestions, as well as that of others in the class. If you are just starting out on your writing career, I can’t recommend her classes highly enough, and even if you’re already published, like my granddaddy used to say, “That can’t hurt none neither.”
Congratulations, Ken! I’m so happy for you! And proud. We’re all hoping you’ll be the big winner. Be sure to let us know the contest results.