• It is said that good things come to those who wait. I believe that good things come to those who work. - Wilt Chamberlain
  • A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. - Richard Bach
  • You don't find time to write. You make time. It's my job. - Nora Roberts
  • Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. - Buddha
  • Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it. - Denzel Washington
  • I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying. - Michael Jordan

Thursday, March 25, 2010

One Out of Two Ain't Bad

So, as stated in a prior post, this week had the potential to be a total bust. I'm happy to report, it was NOT.

I'll start with the negative, to get that out of the way. I did not final in RWA's Golden Heart Contest (for unpublished writers). For those of you unfamiliar with RWA, it stands for Romance Writers of America, and boasts a membership of over 10,000. If you follow this blog regularly, you may remember that I made a bunch of last-minute changes to my manuscript before sending it out, and was worried I'd made it worse rather than better. Turns out I was right. But since that time I've revised and edited and think my manuscript is much stronger. Which leads me to........

Last week I was chosen for a chat room pitch to Lucy Gilmour, an editor at Harlequin Medical Romance. The pitch took place on Tuesday of this week, and despite more nerves than I thought I'd have (which led to stiff, clammy fingers), it went great. Ms. Gilmour requested a copy of my synopsis and first three chapters, which I happily e-mailed out yesterday.

Also yesterday, I got beautiful, new furniture for my family room, which makes me happy every time I look at it. So all-in-all, not a bad week!

To all my writing friends, who like me didn't final in the Golden Heart, how did you deal with this minor setback? (For me it was a chocolate frosted donut from Dunkin Donuts and Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner!) To everyone else, what's your favorite method of dealing with disappointment?


  1. Excellent news about the pitch! Great news about the furniture.(I love nothing so much as new stuff. Unless it is chocolatey new stuff. With whipped cream.) You have a great attitude and you're a terrific writer. Your day WILL come. Meanwhile, forget about GH. The stories are MANY about published works that never finaled in any contest, including GH. At least one of our very own HVRWA members can tell that tale.

  2. Thanks, Terri! I love the new furniture smell...even though it's probably toxic.

    And tomorrow is a new day with lots to get back to work on my second medical romance....just in case.

  3. I'm glad your pitch went well, Wendy. I hope a full is in your near future, and then soon after that you'll no longer qualify for any unpublished writer contests!

    Disappointment? I don't know the meaning of the word. I wish. I try to ignore it and get on with life. At its best, it makes me push my nose harder into the grindstone.

  4. Thanks, John. At this point, I wish I'd ignored it too!!! There's a reason I only eat KFC once a year! And yet, I feel surprisingly refreshed this morning and eager to get back to work.

  5. Last week you wrote a blog about waiting...and this week the universe responded with a pitch to Harlequin and new living room furniture...not bad!!!! I echo Terri's thoughts " your day Will come." Hope you savored every morsel of the DD, KFC extravaganza!

  6. Thanks, Dale. I fear I sacrificed my four pound weight loss to disappointment bindging. Luckily it was only one day! (And I didn't break into the four boxes of Jelly Rings I'm saving for you!!!)

  7. Wonderful news about the request, Wendy. I've got my fingers crossed for you. :)

    How do I deal with disappointment? Usually with a 44 oz Dr. Pepper fron Sonic and a mind-numbing tv marathon. But since I'm not doing Dr. Pepper or tv right now, I'm just puttering around the house. Probably healthier than DP and tv, but not nearly as satisfying.

  8. Good luck with the proposal!

    Disappointment = chocolate.