I blogged yesterday at the I Heart Presents site about the one year anniversary of receiving the call that I’d won the Harlequin Presents Instant Seduction contest. Everything in my professional life literally changed in the space of that one phone call. I went from an unpublished hopeful to an unpublished hopeful with an editor whose mission it was to guide me in the completion of a novel suitable for the Presents line.
You never know where opportunity will strike. The Instant Seduction contest was a grand opportunity, but there are other contests that provide good opportunities as well. In 2008, I was also a Golden Heart finalist, and that was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. I met a group of fabulous women who I know will be with me through the ups and downs of this writing life. Several of the finalists, aka the Pixie Chicks as we dubbed ourselves, sold their novels in the months leading up to and immediately after the conference in San Francisco. Opportunity knocked, and they were ready. (And I have no doubt the rest of them will sell!)
This Wednesday, those calls will go out again and some lives will change. If you don’t get the call, don’t be too upset. It took me four tries to get that GH call. There is always next year. Seriously. (Unless you sell, of course!)
Everything can change in the space of a year. On March 19, 2008, I was unpublished, unagented, and had no idea how quickly that would all change. With the Instant Seduction win and the Golden Heart final only a few days later, I had new found courage and hope that I would succeed. Today, I have two books accepted for publication, an editor who wants me to write more, and a fabulous agent that I still can’t believe wants to represent ME.
No matter what happens next week, take heart and keep hope. So long as you hold up your end of the bargain – to write, to read, to grow, to submit – I firmly believe you will get there. Opportunity will knock, maybe in the form of a contest or maybe in a pitch appointment, and you’ll be ready for the change.
And now, if you don’t mind me having a squee moment, check out my post over at IHP – there’s a sneak peek of my very first cover and blurb. I am *so* excited about it!
Are you ready for change? Are you ready to try again if you don't get that call on Wednesday?