October 21st, 2008
To Enter the RITA or Not

This is the first year I’ve seriously considered entering the Romance Writer’s of America’s RITA contest. I’ve thought about it before, but ultimately decided against doing so because of the cost (and because spicier books rarely final in the RITA’s). That’s the main reason I won’t be entering my Blaze, OFF LIMITS. I honestly don’t think I have a snowballs chance in hell of winning, but I’m really proud of RED.

If I do end up entering, I probably won’t enter the book in the paranormal category, even though that seems like the obvious choice. I’m afraid my book skirts too many genres and doesn’t concentrate enough on the romance to do well in that category. I’d probably enter it under the ‘Romantic Elements’ category. That particular one seems to be far more forgiving.

As you can tell, I haven’t quite made up my mind yet. It’s such a long shot. My friend calls it the lottery because your odds of becoming a finalist are about the same as winning the lottery. *ggg* What would you all do?

8 comments to “To Enter the RITA or Not”

  1. I think romantic elements is probably the right call. Go for it! :mrgreen:

  2. Charli, That’s what I was thinking. I just don’t think it has enough romance to compete in the paranormal category.

  3. FWIW I’m kinda thinking RE also. I don’t think Nailed would do well in Romantic Suspense

  4. PS Ur totally right. It IS a crapshoot! And I don’t expect to final but you can’t win if you don’t play.

  5. I don’t know what the cost of entry is, but it gets your title out and circulating. The advertising angle may make it well worth the entry.

  6. Amie, I think the RE category is a good one for books that don’t quite fit in the other categories comfortably.

  7. Amie, You’re right, which is why I’ll probably end up entering.

  8. Bernard, It’s around $40.00 plus the cost of sending the books to them. You have to send five initial copies I believe. If you final, then you have to send more. So all told it would probably end up costing $60.00 depending on where you live in the world, since postage varies.