I’m a winner!

I’ve been trying to finish up my manuscript for RWA’s Golden Heart Award, so apologies for leaving the blog so fallow. I had some great news a week ago – I was the Grand Prize winner of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s blog! The fantastic Anne Marie Becker read my entry for the Golden Heart Award and gave me loads of valuable feedback. Thank you so much, Anne Marie. I really appreciate your encouragement and tips.

If any of you haven’t read the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood’s blog, definitely check it out. They were the finalists of the 2009 Golden Heart Award, and this post is dedicated to them.

Some of the best of the Ruby Sisters’ blogs:

For general writing advice

The First Five Pages…and the Red Line of Death by Jeannie Lin

Be a succesful hooker. by Rita Henuber

Go for the Gold! Tips for Turning Your GH Entry Into a Potential Finalist by Laurie Kellogg

Specifically about the Golden Heart Award

Golden Heart–The Final Edit Before You Mail by Kelly Ann Riley

Judging the Golden Heart – 101 by Jennifer Bray-Weber

The Woman Behind The Curtain by Bev Pettersen

Golden Heart Rotisserie by the Numbers by Jamie Michele

About being a writer

Year-End Tax Tips for Writers by Diane O’Brien Kelly

Business Planning for the Golden Heart and Beyond by Laurie DeSalvo

How To Be “Mommy!” and Still Write a GH Manuscript by Heather McCollum

Okay. I entered. Now What? by Autumn Jordon

You Are Not Alone (Tips from your Traveling Companions: Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion) by Anne Marie Becker

Dontcha break my heart (my achy Golden Heart)

(Manuscript #1 word count: 64,892)

I was in Dublin killing time in an internet cafe as Hubby read every single sports report published online, when I thought I’d look up information about Romance Writers of America’s romance novel competitions. They announce the winner at their annual conference, and I knew that next year’s is in July, so I figured I had plenty of time to finish up my manuscript and send it in.

Not so.

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RWA–British style

(Manuscript #1 word count: 53,947)

This week I’ve been trying to focus on getting the words down on the page. Not easy with a big self-imposed deadline looming; hubby and I are going to India for two weeks on Friday, and I want to have 60,000 words of my draft done by then. Since I’ll be gone for most of September and will only have my little notebook with me in India, I want to have my manuscript 75% done so it’ll be easier to come back and write the climax and HEA.

The more determined I was to come home every night and sit my butt down, the fewer words I actually wrote. Oh, well. I did find two very interesting things this week. I’ll save one of them for a post of its own.

Apparently, there’s something similar to the Romance Writers of America (RWA) in Britain. It’s called the Romantic Novelists’ Association. The main difference that I can see is that full membership is only open to published writers, which clearly leaves me out (it does have associate membership for other people).

However, they also have a New Writers’ Scheme where you can have your manuscript appraised. For a price. Now, I’ve seen and read about companies that will charge you to read your manuscript and give you editorial advice. I’ve always said I would never do this. What’s the point? You might as well submit your manuscript to agents and, if none of them take it, try to figure out what’s wrong with the help of your other writer contacts.

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