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:
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!