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It’s quite possible that I have ADD.  As I started to write this post, I realized that it was absolutely crucial that I get my word count meter working.   So ta-da (see right sidebar!)!   Sheesh, I may just forever be documenting how many words I’ve written to date instead of writing new ones!  NO!  No!  That’s not gonna happen.   And that’s because of the topic of this post.   I like to go around in circles first before getting to my point.  Just like a lion circles his prey.   In this example I am a beautiful ferocious lioness and my topic is the prey.  ::pounce::  I will devour you Golden Heart.  NomNom.

Right.  The Golden Heart.

So I recently read Darynda Jones’ First Grave On The Right and it was amazing! Naturally I had to go scour the net for more info on upcoming books, deleted scenes, author info, etc.. During my search I came upon, this post by Darynda on www.dearauthor.com.

Darynda came to get a publishing contract after winning The Golden Heart in 2009.   Her writing journey prior to that win wasn’t unlike my journey to date so naturally I juxtaposed myself in her life.   And dreamed.  ::sigh::  But a girls gotta have her own dreams, so I’m going for it.   The Golden Heart that is.

I’m gonna be 30 this year so it’s only appropriate I get my act together this year.   The contest is currently reviewing submissions from Nov of 2010.   They don’t give the dates for next year’s contest but my guess is it would be the same as this year.  So I have approximately 9 months to finishing writing and polish my manuscript.   Totally doable!    It’s my understanding that you get a score no matter if you final or not (I’ll have to double check this).   So for $100 if you’re not a member of RWA or $50 if you are, you get a critique of your work by RWA members or if you make the top 100, editors from romance pub houses.   That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me!  If you’re interested in joining me and or also turning 30 and need to be consoled, get in touch with me!

More about The Golden Heart:

How To Enter

Contest Rules

Category Descriptions

Contest Deadlines

Darynda was kind of enough to email me back and she sent me a link to a great website if you’re looking for more info about the award.   The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood is website for the group of winners from 2009.   They provide plenty of tips and insider info, so be sure to check it out!

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4 comments

  1. March 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm E. M. Rowan

    Hello, my favorite lioness! I used to get subscription updates for your website, but now I’m not? Fortunately I saw your link on FB and came this way. And WOW! Look at the cool new stuff! I LOVE the banner at the top! You have amazing design skills! Also love the word count meter, LOL (I miss having one! I wish there was some kind of meter for editing!).

    Anyway, striving for The Golden Heart is a GREAT idea. I am so excited for you!! It helps so much to have goals to motivate you. Can’t wait to see what the year holds for you! *love and hugs*

    • March 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm Syd

      I checked to see if you were still registered to receive email notification and you are…to rose****@hotmail…? In any case, I’m glad you found your way here! I’m soo excited about the new theme and customizing it. I’m done yet, but once I figure out how to do it, I’m doing your site next! If you want!

      Yes, I think The Golden Heart is a great idea, too! It’s still a ways away so that works for my slow-ass-ness ;) Do you think you might enter?

  2. March 6, 2011 at 12:15 am Loveliness

    I would love to share your journey of turning thirty. And really, I have so many blocks, I wish I could make a single deadline ;) I think it would be fabulous if you took some time to yourself and even if it was just to breathe, so be it.

    Hire a loving babysitter :)

    Cheers,

    Nuvi

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