Category vs. ST

I’ve been postponing entering the GH (I know, I know) because I wasn’t sure which category to enter. I know I want to enter DLB, because it’s my best, and while it’s currently 301 pages, I feel it’s more ST than category. Beneath the Surface is at 333 pages, but when Abby Zidle judged it in Where the Magic Begins, she said she thought it was too category.

So I’ve been torn.

I listened to the category vs. single title workshop from National, and was intrigued by the analogy that category is like a tight close up on the couple, while ST is more of a wide angle lens. When I started writing, I had a wide angle lens. As I continued writing, I developed more of a tight shot, and both these books have that, even with the length.

Then yesterday my friend Chris told me the word limit on ST is only 70,000 words. That’s not much. And she also suggested that since ESK plans to market them as ST, that’s where I should enter them.

So I’m entering them in ST.

Right now.

Here I go.

I’m doing it.

Wish me luck!

Image hosted by


Anonymous said...

Way to go, Mar! I think this was totally the right way to go. I know you will fly high at the GH this year! YES!


Toni Anderson said...

LOL--I hate making that decision!!! Good luck!!!

Trish Milburn said...

Good luck, Mary!! Maybe we'll sit by each other at the ceremony again next summer, and this time I'll get to yell in your ear. :)

MJFredrick said...

Thanks, guys!

Trish, that would be AWESOME!

MicheleKS said...

I was in a chat on eHQ for SIM authors and I told them about my GH wannabe and they advised me to enter it into the Romantic Suspense category. I have a lot of action in it and even though it's targeted for the SIM line, it is definitely a RS. Just with a lot of action. Good luck!

MJFredrick said...

Good advice, Michele. Mine aren't suspense per se, unfortunately. That woulda solved a lot....

Anonymous said...

woo hoo Mary! I entered mine today too. :-)
Good luck

Anonymous said...

You go, Mary :) Good luck!!!

Anonymous said...


Peggy said...

Good luck, Mary!

Dixie Belle said...

Good luck!

Colleen Gleason said...

Good luck, Mary!!!!!!

And, can I just say...YUMMMMM!!!!


Anonymous said...

Best of luck on the entry! I decided to enter Short Historical. Why I do this to myself, I don't know, but I feel GREAT about your chances (you contest Queen, you). :)

MJFredrick said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
MJFredrick said...

LOL, thanks, Michelle! I totally get the bit about why we do this to ourselves!

Good luck!

8,000 more words on DLB and 2,000 on Surface!


M.J. Fredrick's books on Goodreads
Breaking DaylightBreaking Daylight
ratings: 11 (avg rating 3.33)

Beneath the SurfaceBeneath the Surface
ratings: 11 (avg rating 4.00)

Hot ShotHot Shot (Samhain)
reviews: 2
ratings: 10 (avg rating 4.00)

Where There's SmokeWhere There's Smoke
ratings: 6 (avg rating 4.00)

Meez 3D avatar avatars games
Powered By Blogger

Good Reads



About Me

My Photo
I'm a mom, a wife, a teacher and a writer. I have five cats and a dog to keep me company. I love bookstores and libraries and Netflix - movies are my greatest weakness.
View my complete profile


Beneath the Surface

Breaking Daylight

Breaking Daylight Review

Where There's Smoke

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Where There's Smoke Review


Bull by the Horns


Hot Shot Reviews

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Hot Shot


Carina Press

Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter

    Join My Newsletter

    Where Visitors Live

    MJ Fredrick Fan Page's Fan Box