Tomorrow I’m off to the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference and I can’t wait. I haven’t been to this conference in years and I’ve always enjoyed it tremendously. What makes this year even more special is that my A Reputation for Notoriety is a finalist for Best Historical in the Golden Leaf Contest.
I must admit that I love it when one of my books is selected for a finalist in a contest and I like it even better when my book wins! Before I was published I entered lots of contests. It was one of my strategies for becoming published, and it worked! Because when I entered Romance Writers of America’s 2003 Golden Heart contest, I sold the book that became The Mysterious Miss M to an editor of (Harlequin) Mills and Boon Historical who judged the book in the contest.
One of the first contests I entered was New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart In A Book contest for unpublished manuscripts and I attended the conference, because my entry became a finalist. This was before I was writing Historicals and I won (or came in second-I can’t remember) for Best Contemporary Series. I was thrilled because Suzanne Brockman said something very complimentary about my entry. When you are unpublished, moments like that are golden!
For the Golden Leaf, I have some stiff competition, including books written by friends, Sally MacKenzie and Miranda Neville. I’ll be happy if either of them wins. It’s a good thing to know a friend will get that special feeling of winning, especially when I’ve had that feeling myself.
If you are attending the conference or live nearby, I’ll be signing copies of A Reputation for Notoriety at the conference’s Book Fair which is open to the public. The Book Fair will take place Saturday, October 19, 4:00-5:30 pm. at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 U.S. Route 1 Iselin, NJ 08830. I hope to see some of you there!
And if you are curious as to whether I finished Book 3 of The Masquerade Club series, I did. I turned it in in the nick of time!
What will you be doing this weekend?