Hello lovelies! I am completely worn out from our launch meetings this week. I love getting our sales team excited about my titles, but it takes a lot of energy! Thank goodness for Friday–I’ll be going home and catching up on a few episodes of The Finder.
What makes you accept or turn down a request to judge a contest?
First, timing. I try not to schedule more than one contest at any given time, so I don’t get confused about deadlines. Also, if it occurs during a time I know I’ll be super busy at work (conference season, launch meetings, etc), I’m less likely to say yes. Second, what sort of feedback does the contest require? Is it a simple ranking, or is it a 5 page scoresheet? Part of the reason I don’t particularly like scoresheets is because a lot of the time they ask for analysis that is really in depth for 10-15 page samples. The smaller the sample, the harder it is to give detailed feedback. And obviously scoresheets are more time consuming. Third, it depends on the category they are asking me to judge. For example, if they need a PNR judge, and I’ve already said yes to two other contests for that category, and 50% of my submissions are already PNR, I probably won’t say yes. Lastly, I won’t lie, part of it simply depends on my mood the day they ask.
So what questions do you have for me?