It's with my humble thanks that I inform all of you the outcome of the first round of voting for Marcher Lord Select. It appears that my book, The Sword of the Patron, has garnered enough votes to make it through to round 2! For each an every one of you who took the time to participate in the voting, I offer my deep appreciation. When Jeff Gerke explained that the last slot to advance came down to a single vote, an author can't help but heave a sigh of relief. My congratulations to my co-competitors who have advanced, and my applause to those who submitted but did not move on. It takes perseverance to finish a novel, and bravery to hold it out for public scrutiny. Everyone involved has enjoyed a victory on one level or another.
A part of me wondered if I ought to contact Jeff Gerke, as he said if we wanted to know specifically how our books fared, that we were welcome to ask. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, "Why?" Whether I came in 1st, 18th or anywhere in-between, would that change the fervor with which I will campaign of my story in the coming rounds? It certainly shouldn't. Therefore, I will pour all the passion I have into the continuing contest, and may that passion ignite the interest of voters. And may the excerpts of the actual novels people now get to read exceed the voters' expectations, that any one of them might be proud to cast their lot with me.
All that being said, here are the business items:
The first 500 words of the remaining books in the "Main Contest" will go live on http://wherethemapends.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=mlsphase1 sometime on either the 16th or the 17th.
Readers will have about 2 weeks to read these excerpts and choose their favorites
I will be sure to let you all know the date and time the voting for round 2 will go live.
While I am overjoyed to have made it this far, it is only the beginning of the journey. I pray you will continue to walk along side me as far as this road will bear us. And invite friends to join the adventure. :)