One of the clearest memories I have about the very first RWA conference I went to was the Golden Heart award ceremony. I hadn’t known what the contest was all about before I attended the conference, but afterwards, entering the contest (and winning, of course!) went on the writing project plan, somewhere between “finish the manuscript” and “find an agent” – and seemed a sure stepping-stone to “see my book on the shelf at the local bookstore.”
The woman I sat next to in several workshop sessions, as well as at the awards dinner, turned out to be the winner in one of the contemporary categories. When she accepted her award, she confidentially ended her thanks with, “all you agents out there, have I got a book for you.” I was sure that, had I remembered her name, I’d have found her book out in the bookstore in short-order after her win.
Oh, for those wide-eyed innocent days. Continue reading