by Caren Crane
After a flurry of guest bloggers this week, it is once again a Bandita day. Some of you may have seen my post from late last Friday night when I shamelessly begged for votes in the Gather First Chapters Romance contest. As I stated in that post, Banditas love a contest. A glance at our Bandit News section on the right tells you that. It also shows that Banditas often do well in contests. We are proud of each other and our collective fabulousness.
But think about it. All that goodness raises the bar. The Romance Bandits have experienced great reviews on first books, collected high praise from well-established writers, won so many Golden Hearts and other awards we would need a vault to store them. Every time we report a new sale, a new contract, a new contest final or win or a guest appearance, the group bar is raised a bit higher.
For those of us still waiting to win, to sell, to receive quotes and reviews, this can be a bit daunting. We each want to do well not only for ourselves but for the group. If we final in a contest and come in last place, if we final in the Golden Heart and do not win, if we expose ourselves to a massive online contest audience and do not perform well, it is a bit hard to take. We have not only disappointed ourselves, but let down the group.
Fortunately, the Banditas are tremendously supportive whether we win or lose. We celebrate and also commiserate together. My Bandita sisters are always there for me and I consider it a privilege to be there for them. Hopefully, I will have wonderful news to report about the Gather contest. But even if I don't, I know I will have Banditas cheering me every step of the way!
Do you have a friend or group of friends who support you no matter what? Are you part of a team where you feel pressure to perform so you all look good? Please share!
And if you get a chance (and a huge THANK YOU to those who have already done so!), please check out my chapter of Kick Start in the Gather contest. I really am shameless!