Monday, June 20, 2011
The RWA Nationals are upon us (where did the last three months go?) and we Three Laseteers are looking forward to the event with excitement and maybe just a touch of panic. (Am I ready? Am I prepared? Have I packed everything?)
For Sharon, this will be her "First Sale" conference and her last Golden Heart Finalists conference. (The RITAs await you, Sharon!) Exciting times! Having sold (to Tor in a two-book deal) she's no longer eligible for the Golden Heart Award. After being a finalist in every Golden Heart she's entered, I get to witness her getting the boot to the ranks of Golden Heart Alumni during the Tuesday Golden Network event. You see, the Golden Heart is not just another contest, it's an amazing association that you join and are connected with for the rest of your career, if not your life. For an aspiring writer, there's no other experience that compares.
For Donna, this is another big opportunity to get her work out there. She'll be pitching agents, promoting her work, and furthering her career. Donna and I are now the only ones eligible to carry on the Golden Heart legacy for Spacefreighters, so I'm sure we'll be discussing strategy for the 2012 contest. Donna will be joining us in the Finalist Section at the Golden Heart/RITA ceremony this year, so it's our first opportunity for all three of us to share the prestige seats as co-bloggers, co-Brigaders, CPs and co-SFR enthusiasts. How cool is that?
So much has happened in the last three months, from "I'm not going to conference this year" to "I'm so there...with bells and hearts on!" Maybe I'll be meeting you there. I certainly hope so!
New York City, here we come!
I'm going to approach my pitches a bit differently than I originally planned, which was just to memorize my written blurb. I'll be expanding on what makes P2PC different from other SFRs and some of the elements that set the story and characters apart on an emotional level. As Donna mentioned, it's all about concepts and not getting too far down into the weeds on the story detail. It's a challenge, to be sure, and pitches usually make me very nervous, but I've come to realize they are, if anything, a win-win situation. I have nothing to lose--a "no" only leaves me at status quo--and everything to gain--a "yes" can be career-changing. I'm pitching an agent and an editor, and each pitch will have a different focus.
GOLDEN HEART/RITA CEREMONY
Want to get real-time Golden Heart and RITA ceremony results? You can watch the posting of the 2011 RITA and Golden Heart award winners—as they’re being announced—on Friday, July 1, from 8:00–10:00 p.m. ET on the RWA website (http://www.rwa.org/), Twitter (twitter.com/romancewriters), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/romancewriters).
SHARING THE WEALTH
When I return, I hope to share what I learned, what I experienced and any SFR industry news. There's an amazing line up of editors and agents at the Golden Network Retreat who will be answering questions submitted by the Starcatchers and past GH finalists. I'll be taking notes.
See you on the flip side!