You know that saying about "Always a Bridesmaid..." ?
- That was a tough header to punctuate, not that I mean to bore you
with discussions about punctuation. If there are any grammarians out
there, I'd like you to know that I think --and care-- about these
I went with the English version.
As for the title of this blog, I do feel that way sometimes. I'm
competitive, I can't help it. I wonder if it has anything to do with
being a Gemini.
Either I, as the author, or one or other of my books, have come
second, and third in several awards. I've been compiling a list for
the front matter of my next novel, so I am more aware than ever about
it. Don't get me wrong, it is a great honor to be a finalist, and I
was thrilled to do well in the EPPIES, the PEARLS, the PredPoll, the
Silver Rose, The Golden Leaf, etc etc, but "Finalist in..." doesn't
look as impressive on a paperback cover as "Award winning..."
I'd like to welcome the new members who've joined here. I am
absolutely delighted that you've signed on, and I've added your names
to the master list at my website. If anyone wants only the
newsletter, this is the place to go: www.rowenacherry.com/signmeup.php
I've just paid for a new batch of promo items. I still have the key
fobs, and will have to start cutting out heartshaped inserts next! I
am getting emery boards and pens to give away in my contests and also
as random giveaways to people on this list.
Do you know what a thousand pens and a thousand emery boards (with
promo messages on) cost? Six hundred dollars!!! I could buy a third
of a page of adverts in Romantic Times for that.
As you can imagine, I've waited a while to study what I'd want, and
what I'd keep, if I were a conference attendee. That still doesn't
mean that I'd buy an author's book because I had her pen (especially
if it didn't write the first time I tried to use it).
Now, I'd better go and write something. The theory is that an author
could write a book a year if she only wrote a page a day. I don't
work like that. Imagine what a love scene might be like if I wrote
it at the rate of one page per day! Or a battle!