Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It took me ages to decide whether or not to enter the RITA. For those who don't know, the RITAs are like the Oscars of romance writing, the Pulitzer of HEA. And, for once, possibly the only once, I can actually enter.
What held me back? Nora. Every year I look at the lists and see Nora Roberts finaling in the 'romantic suspense' category or the 'novel with romantic elements'. And I was thinking about my little book up there against a Nora.
And I felt very small.
And then I thought, 'But I pay my RWA dues'. And I love my story--the first one I ever wrote. And, what if...?
What if it finaled?
What if it won?
I have heard rumors about authors who are too busy to judge, and who make up the results based on what they expected to read. And I can only hope I don't get one of those. But most judges sweat over their scoring, I know I do, so I decided to give it a go.
In the words of the Irish half of the family, 'You have to be in to win'.
So wish me luck. :)