Friday, July 7, 2017

It Must be Real!

Receiving this special package was the highlight of my week!


I can't wait to see all my friends from previous Golden Heart Classes, the Dragonflies and the Mermaids; and now I get to meet my 2017 Rebelles!! 


Here's hoping we all find our Happily Ever After at Walt Disney World this year!




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Embracing Lady Luck

I can't believe it. And I'm not just saying that to appear humble. I truly did not expect the call I received this morning from RWA Board member Priscilla Oliveras Kissinger telling me I was a 2017 Golden Heart® finalist. Unlike previous years when I entered, I really didn't hold much hope on this one because it had always scored so abysmally in the Golden Heart®. However, I also understand how subjective this business is. I figured I had nothing to lose to try it one more time. After all, it was my third try on my other Golden Heart® manuscript. Brace yourself, I'm going to get a little sappy here.

The bottom line: it's about more than writing skill and a good story. It's also about being lucky and having your manuscript land in the hands of judges who enjoy your voice and your story. Which is why I'm embracing Lady Luck today, and I am beyond thrilled. There are many phenomenal writers out there who also entered this year and didn't get that call today. I'm here to tell you it doesn't mean what you've written isn't worthy of making the finals. It means this is a subjective business and luck plays a role, whether in contests, or finding the right agent to represent you, or in finally finding that perfect editor who adores your story and voice. Of course, you have to do the work to hone your craft and develop a great premise that hooks the reader; but beyond that, it's out of your hands. It's all about timing and a healthy dose of luck. So congratulations to all the lucky finalists today! This is going to be a fun ride.

To those who entered and didn't get that call--NEVER give up! I have to remind myself daily, so here's a little motivational penguin to help.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

BIG NEWS!

So there's nothing quite like stepping out of the shower and discovering you have a voice mail from one of your favorite authors, and an email to boot. Last Friday, I was fortunate to receive the news that I was a 2016 Golden Heart® Nominee from none other than Tessa Dare. Unlike last year when I didn't realize it was "The Call" day and thought it was simply Walgreens calling, I didn't scream in her ear. You are welcome Tessa!

I waited to do that until after I disconnected.


via GIPHY

It was even announced in USA Today! Now I need to hustle and get back to painting so I can make that trip to San Diego! I can't wait to meet all my 2016 Golden Heart Sisters.