No, I didn’t final in the Golden Heart. But I did get the next best thing: seeing my critique partner, Sharon Wray, final in the Romantic Suspense category. She’s entered four times (or five–we can’t remember) and this is the first time she has finaled.
Best news of all: a request from a contact’s agent/editor as soon as the word was out.
I am over the moon for my friend. She’s worked hard for it and she’s earned it. She’s experienced the low of NOT finaling for four years in a row.
Now she is experiencing the HIGH.
So for those of you out there celebrating, I celebrate with you all. And for those of you out there who are feeling a bit stung and low, remember my friend’s experience. Keep writing, keep focused and NEVER GIVE UP!