It's that time of year again...It's November, so that means those of us Noodlers who haven't sold yet are likely polishing and printing out our Golden Heart entries. There's nothing quite like being a Golden Heart finalist. I remember dreaming about it as if it was an impossible dream when I first started writing romance. When I finaled the first time, in 2003 -- the year of the Wet Noodle Posse, I just about passed out when I got that call telling me. When I won in 2004, I was crying so hard it was difficult to find the stage. No matter the year or the manuscripts that final, it's always a wonderful experience getting to know the other finalists, experiencing that boost in self-confidence that comes from unknown judges deeming your work worthy of a finalist spot, and the nervous-but-exciting anticipation during the National Conference which culminates in the Golden Heart and RITA (for published manuscripts) Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is our own Oscar-like night where those of us who exist in jeans, sweats and no makeup, perched in front of our computer screens most of the year, get all dolled up and enjoy the heck out of it.
So, what does a Golden Heart finalist and winner look like? I just happen to have some pictures of Noodlers from the 2005 Awards. :)
2005 Golden Heart winner in the Traditional category Jenna gets a helping hand putting on her new Golden Heart necklace from 2003 Long Contemporary Golden Heart winner Anna DeStefano.
Noodlers who won Golden Hearts in 2005 were Delle Jacobs (who also won in 2003 and 2005), Jenna Ness, and Lorelle Marinello, who won the Contemporary Single Title category.
Good luck to all the Golden Heart entrants out there. There's only 11 days until the entry deadline!