10 Things I Can Do With the Money I Was Going to Spend on the Rita

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I found out yesterday I can't enter the Rita after all because my book is print on demand. I am wildly disappointed about this. I had thought before I couldn't enter because of the copyright date, but then an email went out on the Wild Rose Press loop saying we couldn't, and it's because it has to be "mass-produced." In a way I can understand, because they might be inundated with books if they didn't draw the line, but still. It's my first book and I've worked toward this for so long. So I was very down yesterday.

So I'm trying to console myself by thinking what that money I saved could be spent on (think: $40 for entry, $35 for books and $10 for shipping.:.so $85)

1) Two dinners out
2) entry fee and postage for 2 other contests
3) 17 trips to Starbucks
4) 15 new books
5) a good chunk towards a new laser printer (yes, mine died AGAIN)
6) a good chunk toward getting my laptop repaired
7) 3 new writer t-shirts....or Supernatural ones
8) 20 12-packs of Diet Coke
9) 3 movie theater trips for the family
10) 20 shares in GMC ;)

God bless Supernatural.tv for the screen caps of Thursday's episode, and the denim shirt.




Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, Mary. On the other hand--that's a lot of diet coke. Have a good day! Liz

Trish Milburn said...

I am a fan of the denim shirt look for Sam as well. :) Sorry about the RITA. :(

Anonymous said...

I know this means a lot to you, Mar...but I gotta say, the only people who know what the RITA is, is other RWA members. The average person, they dunno. But they DO know that you had a booksigning, have mulitple books on sale and in the pipeline, and that you are being READ. That beats anything else, to me, hands down.

You already are what the RITA would only confirm.


Anonymous said...

Sorry about Rita. But you already know that you're a great writer, accomplished a lot, and you'd win, or in the very least finalled. Hugs about the computer, btw. Here's to your success, Rita or not!


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