“I got a two-book contract for my Texas mystery series. BOTH of them were finalists for the Claymore Award. The first, MURDER AT JARRETT CREEK (now A Killing At Cotton Hill), was a finalist two years ago. Shortly after the announcement I got an agent I really wanted.
Two weeks ago, right after the announcement of my being a finalist again, for THE LAST DEATH OF JACK HARBIN, my agent called to say that I had an offer for the first book. I asked if they might be interested in a 2-book deal. She sent them the 50 pages that I had sent for the contest, and they loved it and offered the contract for both books.
I don’t know whether having the book as a finalist helped, but one thing for sure–I would not have had that 50 pages ready to send to them if I hadn’t spruced it up for the contest. And I’ll bet it didn’t hurt having it be a finalist for the Claymore Award. So thank you!”
Terry Shames, author of A Killing At Cotton Hill (July 2013)