Thursday, March 29, 2012

Special Announcement

Hi, everyone --

My apologies for not posting the usual Thursday array of answer, photos & Pick-a-Range selections.

On Monday morning, I got a phone call saying a manuscript I'd entered in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart contest was a finalist.

This is kind of a big deal -- it's a national contest with over a thousand entries in a handful of categories. Mine is one of eight finalists in the "Single Title Contemporary" category.

The awards are given on on the last night of RWA's national conference, last week of July. But, even though I won't know until then that I didn't win (I mean, I know I won't win, but I won't know until then that I actually didn't win -- and that's not modesty on my part; I know enough about this process to know that of the eight finalists, mine will be near the bottom), stuff happens now.

Some of it is delightful, like meeting (online) all the other Golden Heart finalists. What a talented and extraordinary group of women! (There have been men finalists, just none this year.)

And some of it is less delightful, like having representatives from literary agencies that rejected me last fall contact me to say, "Ooh, I would like to read it..." and then reject me all over again. (Why "rejection redux" hurts at all is an interesting question, but it does.)

But all of it, the good and the bad, is very time consuming.

Which is why the regular Thursday blog is missing. I'll try to get it done tomorrow, I promise.


Curtis said...

Congratulations on being a finalist, Magdalen. That's exciting!

David said...

I agree with Curtis. Congratulations and good luck. We can always hope for a surprise win for you.