FOODOO, my entry for Brenda Drake’s Show Me the Voice Blogfest, was selected as one of the 20 semi-finalists whose entries will be given to agent Natalie Fischer.  She will now choose three who will win critiques from her.  THANK YOU to everyone who provided comments and encouragement.  I have been working on this manuscript for a long time, alternating between loving and loathing it and suffering many crises of confidence along the way.  Getting positive feedback on the piece at this stage is a balm to my writerly soul.

Agent/author Mandy Hubbard wrote a great post last week about celebrating the small (and big) victories along the path of a writer.  She keeps a large vase on her desk, and whenever she gets good news – a book deal, sells foreign rights, etc. – she pops open a bottle of champagne and writes what she is celebrating on the bottom of the cork.  Then, when things aren’t going so well, she can go to the vase and remind herself of her accomplishments.

Since it is so easy to get discouraged in this business, I thought the “vase of corks” was a great idea.  So I am going to christen my own vase this weekend by celebrating this little milestone.  I am unpublished and unagented, so getting an agent to look at my work in any capacity is most definitely something to celebrate.  Next time I want to shred FOODOO, I’ll pull out that cork…

Congratulations to everyone who entered and to the other semi-finalists.  If you haven’t already done so, go read the entries.  They are amazing!  Thanks, too, to Brenda Drake for hosting such a fun contest.

P.S.  I just love how I can Google “Mandy Hubbard” and “champagne cork” and find the post I was looking for.  What DID people do in the days before the Internet???

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  1. well done! that’s wonderful 🙂 Good luck with the next stage!

  2. Wonderful, Julie!! You know I love Foodoo and I’m rooting for you all the way!

  3. Hooray! It is a well-deserved honor. I, too, adore FOODOO, and you absolutely deserve to win. And good for you for starting your own champagne cork vase. I think I might have to do one, too!

  4. Congrats! Hope you win!!!

  5. YAHOO! Thinking good thoughts for you. Congrats!

  6. I am thrilled for you. I hope that Natalie falls in love with Foodoo and offers to represent you. 😀

    I’m glad I tossed Back Stage Pass into the ring ~ being selected would have been something to celebrate! But not moving on to Phase 2 means I can relax and enjoy my weekend without spending every waking moment editing and revising the first 20 pages “just in case.” For me, either outcome was a “win.”

    BTW: Love that idea ~ and I suspect your vase of corks will be overflowing in no time.

  7. Yay! Congrats 😀 I’m not at all surprised. LOVED your entry.

  8. Congratulations!!! Happy christening…

  9. Congrats on the semi finalist and good luck!

  10. Oh Julie, congratulations! My fingers are crossed that you’ll win the contest 😀

    And I also love the cork idea. I think I’ll start one of those myself (although I don’t like champagne or wine – maybe m&m wrappers?)

  11. Thanks so much for all of your well-wishes everyone!!

    Alison, Megan and Christie – I need to thank you guys for the number of times you’ve read the darn thing. Where would we be without our critique partners???

    Nancy – participating is indeed winning, no matter the outcome

    Julie – I think M&M wrappers are a fine alternative to corks. 🙂

  12. I love Foodoo, that is excellent news, well done and good luck!!!

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