Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Rejected Today Sold Tomorrow
"From your wintery failures, seek out your summer of successes." Julie Johnstone
And now we begin…
The internet is buzzing with talk of the Golden Heart. This contest is the Oscars of the romance industry. Finaling in the GH is an honor within itself and can bring a hopeful writer recognition, which may help to get them published. Tomorrow, romance writers who took the plunge this year and entered their manuscript in the contest will try to go about their day and not think about when and if their phone is going to ring. Let’s face it, we all know the volume on the phones will be turned to high, and by mid to late afternoon, some may wonder if their phone is working properly, check their ringers, their voice mails or their missed calls.
There will be two groups of people by the end of tomorrow. Those who got the call telling them they finaled and those who didn’t. One elated bunch will probably celebrate with chocolate, wine or maybe champagne, while the other deflated bunch will most likely wallow in their misery with chocolate, wine or a good strong mixed drink.
I’ve read countless e-mails all relating to helping those who final celebrate their good news. There are blog parties, squeal parties, local critique group parties, and too many other parties to list here. These wonderful writers deserve this honor, and let me tell you, if I finaled in the Golden Heart I would be celebrating in full party mode along with the best of them. You should have seen the way I ran around my house when I got sold my first short. You would have thought by my jumps and squeals I had signed a multimillion-dollar movie contract for one of my novels.
With all this said, as I read my e-mails I couldn’t help wondering about those wonderful writers who don’t get the call tomorrow. I simply could not believe those writers had no future, no hope, no contract or happy ending, so yesterday I sent out an e-mail asking writers to contact me if they had ever submitted a story to the Golden Heart which did not final but later went on to sale. I received a flood of e-mails and spent hours reading the success stories of all those writers who never got that call but sold their baby anyway. What an inspiration!
Today I want to give all of you struggling writers a gift, especially those of you who may not get the call tomorrow naming you as a finalist in the GH. I want to share some of these incredible stories with you. You may not be a finalist tomorrow, but in two weeks, you may just get that same story contracted for publication. Remember this as you read these stores:
"WHEN YOU GET INTO A TIGHT PLACE AND EVERYTHING GOES AGAINT YOU, TILL IT SEEMS AS IF YOU COULD NOT HOLD ON A MINUTE LONGER, NEVER GIVE UP THEN, FOR THAT’S JUST THE PLACE AND TIME THAT THE TIDE’LL TURN." Harriet Beecher Stowe
The story of their successes:
Seven Nights to Forever - Berkley Sensation/Nov 2010
Lush. Elegant. Sensual Historical Romance
M/M Erotic Romance...in the Regency era