Entry Title, category, year:
At His Command, inspirational, 2011 finalist
Were you the overall Winner that year?
Don't know yet! :-)
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Why did you decide to enter your manuscript in the GH Contest?
A friend had been suggesting I turn a historical into an inspirational because that's how she sold. My goal was to finish in time for the GH, so that was the first contest I entered it in.
Where were you and what were you doing when you got the GH call?
I was at home. As the morning went on,more and more finalists posted about getting calls so my hope of getting one was fading fast. My phone rang just before noon. I knew the caller because I've been on RWA's board of directors. So I said something like, "I hope you're not calling me today of all days for some random reason." And she told me that AHC had finalled. Of course I jumped up and down and started calling friends and posting!
How has being a GH Finalist/Winner affected you as a writer?
For one thing, it's a shot of validation...5 random judges scored your ms high enough to put it in the top 10%. For another, being a GH finalist is a great credential to have and seems to open doors to garner agent/editor interest.