Preparing for the Golden HeartHello fellow Noodler friends and fans!!!
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to participate on the loop, so I’m excited to be this month’s blog mom. And what a great month to be here as we get set to discuss Preparing for the Golden Heart.
This month will be filled with advice on many aspects of preparing for the GH, from deciding whether or not you’re ready to enter, to manuscript preparation tips, to judging advice and expectations, and the list goes on. In fact, looking ahead to tomorrow we have “Why You Should Enter” from Dr. Deb.
Do you have any pressing questions in need of answering? Give us a try. If we don’t know the answer ourselves, you better believe we’ll go searching for it. Or for the person who can help you out.
For starters, if you’re not familiar with the Golden Heart, head to the Romance Writers of America web site for the nitty gritty details at www.rwanational.org
Let’s just say it’s the end all and be all of contests for the unpublished in our industry. It’s the crème de la crème. The big taco and the big kahuna all rolled into one. Making the finals in the Golden Heart is tough, yet ultimately so blessedly rewarding. Finaling in the GH is what brought the Noolders together, and I’ll forever be grateful for having been grouped with such remarkable ladies.
There are reasons why you should enter the GH; however, there are also reasons why you shouldn't. You want to really make sure your entry is ready. And that you’re ready for the possibility of what could potentially happen next. Like, an editor reads your book, falls in love with your characters, and wants to publish your novel. Or, you don’t final, your scores are low and you’re depressed for a little while. Personally, I go for the chocolate or margaritas at that point. :-)
It’s the nature of the business. Subjectivity. But we’re tough cookies, aren’t we? And if after joining us on our blog this month and asking your questions, you feel your writing is ready to give the GH a try, you can be sure the Wet Noodle Posse gang will be in your corner.
So let’s get this ball rolling. Anyone care to share whether or not they’re thinking of entering, or if they already have, this year? Have you entered in the past?