"I just received a confirmation! It says: "Thank you for your submission to the Young Adult Novel Contest. We will be in touch if anything comes up in processing your materials; watch She Writes for the winners to be announced on January…"
"I´ve also sent everything in yesterday, incl. my payment reference number etc. to email@example.com. - still no reply or confirmation :( I´m a bit worried, so I´ve sent another e-mail early in the morning - just…"
I did wait until I sold the book, and that was too late. My one suggestion to anyone who is serious about publishing a book is to get yourself on the internet network: blog, twitter, forums (VK, facebook, She Writes, Turning Point).
Build your fan base by reviewing books, interviewing authors or agents or your neighbor's dog.
Keep in mind the kind of writing you do and tailor your presence to that.