As you may know, I'm a teacher.
My BIGGEST pet peeve is when students do NOT follow the directions. I'm like, come on, people, just READ.
Here's the irony, teachers NEVER read the directions. EVER! 99% of the time, it's cool I can figure it out on my own.
Here's where it bit me in the ass.
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest.
There was a video to watch... I didn't watch it.
There was a step by step FAQs for the uploading process. - I didn't read them.
I uploaded my 5K words. I uploaded my file to the server. I thought, "gee, isn't it weird to judge the entire work based off of 5k, oh well, they must know what they're doing."
I made it to the first round and I discussing the contest with my friends, who also made it. WOOT US.
They said something like, "at round 3 they read your whole novel."
My jaw dropped, "what? you're kidding, right?"
They blinked at me, like you're an idiot, Erinn.
"yes, you needed to upload your whole manuscript."
Insert loud cursing here.
I quickly clicked over to the page to see what I uploaded and OH NO its locked.
So here's the thing, I didn't read the directions and now I can't can't move further than round 2.
Now am I sad about it? Nope.
Did I cry about it? Nope.
Instead I think it's SUPER FUNNY. I spend HOURS a month explain to my students that you need to read the directions.
Here's what we in the teaching profession call a teachable moment.
I told my students, we all laughed about it. And I'm 100% cool with it.
Happy faces all around.
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