Dragonfly corsage ornament,
plique-a-jour enamel, 1895-1912,
(from an article in Christie's International Magazine by jewellery expert and historian, Vivienne Becker.)
Another publisher, this time the Penguin Group, is hosting the tail end of another writer's contest with a decent advance and promise of publication.
Tawny Taylor, who is always generous about sharing leads, alerts and opportunities, mentions it here.
Ello expands on the contest process here. Though I imagine one will find buzz all over the blogsphere.
Before I assimilated the fact that the sorting/selection process lit first on the shoulders of the partners in this competion -- as it does on agents in ordinary times -- my first thought, oddly enough, was ohmygod-the-slush.
My second thought accompanied a cynical lip-curl over the provision for reader in-put and therefore the opportunity and inevitable reality of voter-fraud.
Then I realized that, from the publisher's point of view, it doesn't matter.
Any stuffing of the ballot box by rabid fans of a particular MS is irrelevant.
At that stage in the selection process, all of the novels who have made it thus far are sure to be competently written and worthy of publication.
Reader's votes are the equivalent of flipping a coin.
However, the opportunity for reader opinion invites public participation and generates valuable interest.
Much like the appeal of American Idol and other inclusives.
The Penguin-Amazon contest is not really a contest for writers.
Rather, I see it as an initiative to attract readers - and that is a Very Good Thing.
For all of us.
Groaner Q & A:
A fine example of regional bigotry, btw.
Q: How are a Texas tornado and a Tennessee divorce the same?
A: Somebody's gonna lose a trailer.