The story of their successes:
Jennifer McAndrews w/a Gwen Roman
THE TRAIL OF THE TUDOR ROSE – Fall 2010
“Prior to this year, I had only entered Golden Heart once. During that preceding summer, I was deep into the drama of "should I quit writing?". To force myself to finish the novel I was working on, I entered the GH. I hate to waste money! so I knew I'd have to finish that book. Finished it, polished it, and was really quite proud of it... but it didn't final. I got some pretty decent scores, but not good enough. At the time I thought, well, it kept me writing and that was the important thing. Fast foward to...oh, maybe two weeks ago? That very same manuscript that failed to final in the GH is now under contract with Wild Rose Press. My non-finalist has become my foot in the door. And I can honestly say, if it wasn't for entering the Golden Heart, I never would have the opportunity I have now.”
“My March 2010 release, Too Wicked To Kiss, did not get The Call in the GH, but a few months after the National conference, I did get a call that my agent had sold it in a 2-book contract to Kensington. Although it didn't make the cut insofar as a contest nod, it is a book club pick for B&N this month, as well as a book club book on the Eloisa James / Julia Quinn boards this year, so I can't complain!”
HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, Coming from Grand Central January 2011!
“Years ago, my first manuscript finaled in the GH. I was so excited - it truly is a wonderful honor & certainly helped me get requests. But not only did I not win, my full manuscript got tons of rejections. I wrote a great three chapters. The rest was a convoluted stew. I ended up doing a massive rewrite for an editor w/out promise of contract. I was too new and didn't have a firm grasp of craft. Needless to say, the editor rejected the book. Fast forward a few years. My second manuscript did well in some regional contests (but not all by any means). I entered the GH twice and never finaled. But I sold that book. HOW TO MARRY A DUKE is slated for publication in January 2011. The GH is a great honor and a great opportunity. But if you don't final, just remember my story. May the magic romance fairies be with all of you.”
THE HUNT, Dorchester Love Spell, Available now!
BOND WITH ME, Dorchester Leisure, September 2010
"I entered the GH contest two years ago and scored in the bottom 25% with my baby. No cigar. Not even close. Fortunately, I was sitting on a beach in Moorea (wifi in the beach bar!) when I realized that I hadn't got the call-- so I had a Maitai to go with my tears. Six months later, I had an agent and an offer on another book. That first book, though, my poor GH reject... that book will be released in September 2010 from Dorchester as BOND WITH ME."
All day today, as I see finalist names appear, I will update it on this blog. Below, you will find a list of the GH categories. I’d love to hear from finalist and those who don’t final. We are all in this crazy writing journey together, so let’s enjoy the ride.
Have a wonderful day,
Julie Johnstone, the Marchioness of Mayhem
Erica Daniel O'Rourke, UNCHOSEN
Contemporary Series Romance
Tina Joyce, CAUGHT BENEATH THE MISTLETOE
Nancy Holland, GAMES WITHOUT RULES
Laurie Kellog,HONEY I'M HOME
Cara McKenna, THE RELUCTANT NUDE
Mary Oldham, LAURA TAKES A LOVER
Cat Schield, FAKE FIANCE, REAL LOVER
Paula Stelluto, THE MAGIC MAN
Joleen Kiesner James, HOMETOWN STAR