Last week calls went out to a few dozen special romance writers – finalists in the RITA and Golden Heart contests, put on every year by the Romance Writers of America. I didn’t get a call. Rejection is always difficult to accept. When a creative project you’ve spent months – or years – working on is… Continue reading Dealing with writing contest disappointment
A couple of years ago, Jeannie Lin burst onto the romance scene with her Golden Heart contest entry, set in China during the Tang dynasty. Romance readers had to wait over a year to be able to read Butterfly Swords, but everyone agreed it was well worth the wait—and it certainly revitalized my interest in… Continue reading Interview with Jeannie Lin – and giveaway!
My friend Suzanne Johnson wrote a great post at Write in the Shadows about how her writing career developed throughout 2010. For me personally, this year has hit higher highs and lower lows than any I can remember. For months I said I just wanted to get the year over with, but when I read… Continue reading 2010: How writing and writing buddies got me through a shit year
I sent my manuscript off to Romance Writers of America yesterday for the Golden Heart Award. Royal Mail can’t track anything once it leaves Britain, so I had to look for other options. It cost $88 to mail it via UPS from London to Houston. Ouch. Merry Christmas, UPS executives.
Good news comes in threes! (Well, deaths of famous people come in threes, so it stands to reason – sort of – that good news does, too). 1. I entered my manuscript in RWA’s Golden Heart competition today! Woo hoo for finishing a manuscript! 2. According to Publisher’s Weekly, people want to read funny contemporaries,… Continue reading Save the contemporary