I've seen the success stories thread and thought more of us are likely to have failure stories to share. Well, this week I found out I didn't make the long list for the Bath Novel Award. I couldn't understand it. I mean I'm sure there is room for improvement, but my 1 Beta read couldn't fault my story and thought it was a great read. He said he would buy it when I let him read 1 chapter. And he would still buy it when I let him have the whole novel (perhaps that was a hint to his logic). Then I remembered the Bath Tweet that said they were cutting from 40 to the final long list - so I emailed to ask if I'd made the 40. Don't we all seek some encouragement from 3rd parties? Bath were very good and said they would check the top 100 if I wished. Needless to say - I wish I hadn't said yes please.