I applied for a scholarship to attend RWA National this year. I didn't receive the scholarship, but I want to share with you one section of my letter to the committee:
"The most important reason I want to go to the 2011 RWA National Conference is my critique partner, a woman I’ve been friends with since 2007, will be wearing her 1st sale ribbon and signing her 1st book at the literacy signing. We met when we finaled together in a contest in the same category. We congratulated each other, kept in touch and encouraged each other. As the years went by, we began brainstorming and critiquing together. We finally met in person almost two years ago when we roomed together for Nationals in DC. Last year, I got to celebrate with her when she finaled in and won the Golden Heart and I finaled in the Daphne. This woman has been one of my biggest supporters, especially since I left my job, encouraging me to spend the time I envisioned on my writing. I can’t imagine my writing journey without her.
"When I left my job last June, I honestly thought I’d have a regular job by this point, one that gave me a steady income and so much more time to spend on my craft. In making the decision to leave my job, I knew I’d have to make several sacrifices and I was ready to accept each one. However, I never dreamed missing my friend’s 1st book launch would be a price to pay for my choice. My heart aches every time I think about not being there to celebrate with her."
I may not be there in person, but I'll DEFINITELY be there in spirit. Congratulations, my friend. I wish you much success and joy with your first book hitting the bookstore shelves and may it be the beginning of a long and satisfying journey.
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