Well, I did not get a nomination. I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed but not really surprised. Trying to get into the top 14 out of 460+ is a long shot, but I did end up with a pretty good ranking (actually better than I realistically thought I would get).
Of course, a small part of me hoped until the very end that I'd be the winner. I even had a dream that I won the $5000 and got a big publishing contract. I had fun watching the live social media event on Monday when all of the wildcards were announced, though. I was glued to my computer screen the whole time!
This was a crazy and emotional contest. The organizers promoted it as a "first of its kind" type of thing, but I don't know if they realized how much of an impact it would have on all of the writers, who were all surely used to regular low-key contests. Not only did it require a daily marketing effort, but anyone who did a good job at marketing ran the risk of feeling overwhelmed by reviews. Overall I found the reviews very useful, but lots of commentary from strangers about your writing ability can be hard to process.
I think the big question is: will I enter this contest again next year? And the answer is that I probably will. Even though it was a rollercoaster ride, it was fun. I also learned a lot about online marketing, which is a huge benefit to anyone who's trying to become an author. Based on the reviews my story got, I would probably enter a story in a different genre, and I would spend more time on editing and revision beforehand.
Congratulations and good luck to all nominees in the Battle Round! I'll definitely be voting and following the rest of the contest.
Looking forward to next year and #ANA2013!