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Monday, October 19, 2009

Turn to A Treasure Trove of Golden Heart Advice

This is Golden Heart season, the perfect time to force yourself to finish that manuscript and enter it in the Golden Heart. We at the WNP are great believers in the power of the GH contest; we came together because of the contest, after all!

We have some great advice about the GH for you to turn to. In 2007, our blog focused on the Golden Heart and we had some pretty spectacular advice to offer. The great news is, it's STILL available to you.

Keep in mind, though, that this is 2007 advice. Pay close attention to the 2010 Golden Heart rules to make sure that what we said is still true.

Here's why you should enter the Golden Heart:

Why Enter the Golden Heart? by Debra Holland Oct 1, 2007
Good Things Can Happen from The Golden Heart by Diane Gaston (moi!) Oct 2, 2007
Using the Golden Heart to Your Advantage by Anne Mallory Oct 11, 2007

Okay. That's the why. Now how about WHERE to enter your manuscript?
(Remember, this was 2007, so be alert for any changes in the categories)

Strong Romantic Elements Category by Esri Rose Oct 16, 2007
Contemporary Series Romance by Jill Monroe Oct 17, 2007
Historical Categories by Diane Gaston Oct 18, 2007
Inspirational Category by Merrillee Whren Oct 19, 2007
Paranormal Category by Esri Rose Oct 20, 2007
Young Adult by Trish Milburn Oct 15, 2007
Romantic Suspense by Trish Milburn Oct 217, 2007

Writing Tips for the Golden Heart:

Opening Lines by Trish Milburn Oct 22, 2007
Writing Tight by Theresa Ragan Oct 23, 2007
Synopsis by Delle Jacobs Oct 24, 2007
Be Kind To Your Judge's Eyes by Karen Potter Oct 25, 2007
9 Mistakes Contest Entants Make by MJ Frederick Oct 31, 2007
Dialogue by Norah Wilson Oct 29, 2007

That should get you started! There is more, though. To find our previous Golden Heart advice, scroll down all the way on this page and look at the right for Blog Archives. Our Golden Heart focus was Oct through Dec 2007, but there are some under Oct 2008, too.

I urge you to turn to this treasure chest. You won't be sorry.

If any questions arise, ask them here and I'll try to answer. It will help if you reference which blog your question is from. Or ask a general question. I'm easy....

My website now has an excerpt of Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady and a new contest!



At 7:59 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Thanks, Diane! Looks like I've some reading to do, today.

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

Hi, Judy, There's lots of great stuff in there. Are you entering the GH? If so, Yay! If not, think about making it a goal for next year.

At 8:48 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

What a great idea to remind readers of the advice in the archives!

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Yay for the Golden Heart Contest! I love this time of year. The excitement and anticipation always gets me revved up to write. And then, whether I final or not, I love hearing about everyone's exciting golden heart call stories after the calls are made. The Golden Heart gives me something to shoot for each year.

Good luck to all!

And never give up! That's what I'm blogging about tomorrow...PERSEVERANCE!!!

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

I did a short series on my blog just for unpublished authors entering contests. I wouldn't be surprised if other Noodlers have written and posted helpful articles, so why don't we share those as well? Here is my list, found on In Search of Heroes:

Shoot First! Ask Questions Later! Starting Your Story Off with a Bang:

Slay the Slog! Conquering the Pacing Dragon

Search and Destroy: Editing Your Manuscript

Save the Prologue! Making Your Prologue Do Its Job

The Eye of the Beholder: Vivid Imagery in Your Narrative

It Isn't Writers' Block- It's Opportunity

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

I adore the Golden Heart contest :-). Good luck to all who enter!

And thanks, Diane, for compiling a list of hints :-).


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