Picture me holding my thumb and forefinger a hairsbreadth apart, and saying the words in Maxwell Smart's whiny, high voice.
It did very well, actually. Got a 99, 98 and a 90 for a combined score of 287 which placed it 7th out of 45 entries in the specialized category. But it needed at least a 291 to final. Thus the missed it by that much. (In Don Adam's high pitched whine.) One of the judges did mention it was in the wrong category, and to be honest I'm not sure the paranormal aspect is strong enough for the entry to stand out amid all the outstanding paranormal entries on the circuit. (I’ve been judging paranormals for the last few months) At heart Zane is all Romantic Suspense.
Depending on final editor/agent judges I'll probably go ahead and enter it in the paranormal category again. It did well enough in the specialized category this time it’s worth another shoot. From what I remember, there are several upcoming contests where the romantic suspense final editor isn't one I am interested in, but the final judge in the paranormal category is. So I'll probably throw it in the paranormal category in those contests.
The entry got top scores on the query letter though. All three judges commented on how good it was, so it looks like my query is ready to fly.
I'm doing the read through on the manuscript this weekend. And hoping that it holds together as well as Vee said, and isn't going to require more major lifting revisions.
Btw, how many of you remember the old Get Smart show from the 60s? Any of you catch it in reruns? I used to love that show. . . .