Tracy Coker has spent the past few years working on the manuscript for her women's fiction novel, White Yams. Her goal was to be traditionally published, but she had received only countless rejections to the query letters she'd submitted to countless agents.
After seeing a call for submissions for a First Novel contest, she submitted the first 5,000 words of her manuscript. Five months later, they notified her that her work had made the semifinals and was one of 23 to be selected from 955 submissions. One month later, she was informed her title was one of six finalists. Two months later, they announced her work as the winner! She was also offered representation by an agent from the Soho Agency in London.
Tracy shares this advice, "Never give up, keep striving, keep grinding, keep honing your craft, and surround yourself with people like those in [The Novelists Spot critique group] who help encourage and uplift you, while still providing you with honest critiques (or considerations as my tribe brother, Ryan, would say)."
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