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Secondhand news

First of all, congratulations to all the RITA and Golden Heart finalists, especially my chapter mate and all-around awesome lady, Jennifer Echols! This is like the Oscars for published and unpublished authors of RWA. I'm excited to attend the awards ceremony at Nationals in July.

My writing chapter had more good news this week. A woman who's been doing well on the contest circuit, but getting lots of rejections for her quirky paranormal romance, just signed a three-book deal with Kensington.

I'm stoked for this woman. She has a great voice, she's been working really hard, and she's a nice person. Couldn't we all use a little good news for a change?

I remember in the earlier days of our marriage, my husband and I attended a few hockey games. We don't have a particular team, we just went to see the local team wherever we lived. Anyway, during half-time, the local car dealer had a contest. This guy from the audience came out and hit the puck through a tiny slot from half-court and won a brand new truck!

The audience cheered as he drove it around the ice. It was awesome. I didn't even win the truck and I was happy. It was so cool to see someone make that impossible shot and leave the game with a new car. Like if it could happen to him, maybe it could happen to us someday.

While I'd love to have my own good news to share today, hearing it from others is the next best thing. It means there's still hope for the rest of us, and that those who persevere are making it happen.

What about you? Got any good news to share (writing or not)?

Tell your friends!


  1. Reply

    Ooh, that is EXACTLY how it feels….while I didn’t final in the GH this time, I was so HAPPY to see those who did. It’s a process and sometimes luck and sometimes skill…and it’s just a feel good process to cheer on other people.

    • Reply

      I like that, Sybir.

      It’s good that we can revel in the joy of others. If not, we’re in the wrong business! I think if the skill is there, the luck will eventually come. I can’t believe how many stories I’ve heard from published authors who had almost given up just before they got their break.

      Anyway, I’ll take good news wherever I can get it. Maybe next year will be our year. 😉

  2. Reply

    Agreed! There are SO many talented writers out there….I can’t take offense. I would love to be a beta reader for them….or vice versa. We’re all in the learning process. Forever.

    And for the record, I didn’t even realize it was finals day until I saw all the Tweets..i was too busy editing 😀

  3. Christine


    Yesterday was a great day. Two people I respect tremendously as writers were honored. Jennifer Echols for the RITA in the YA category for published writer and my dear friend, Sharon Wray, for the Golden Heart in the unpublished Romantic Suspense category. I know Sharon’s entered at least 4 or 5 times (we tried to remember last night) and this year she finaled for the first time.

    Persistence, patience and hard work are the key along with talent.

    A big shout out to the finalists in both the RITAs and the GOLDEN HEARTS!!

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