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Welcome 2015 Golden Heart and Rita Finalists!!!

champagneCONGRATULATIONS, FINALISTS!!!

Finalist call day is always a crazy, wild roller-coaster ride where nothing is certain until 2 p.m. Texas time. If your name made it onto the list of RWA finalists (see the full slate of 2015 nominees here), you accomplished something truly remarkable: you finished a manuscript, sent it out into the hands of strangers, and rocked the world of five judges. Hopefully you’re grabbing all the champagne and fudge truffles you can get your hands on–you deserve it!!!

Now strap in tight–the real ride is just starting!

Golden Heart finalists: in case you haven’t done so yet, your first order of business is to join the Yahoo loop for the class of 2015 so you can meet all your new sisters. Here’s the link to join: https://groups.yahoo.com/2015GHFinalists. Don’t be shy about joining–if you were named a finalist, you’ve earned your spot. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT MISS OUT ON THAT CRUCIAL BONDING EXPERIENCE!!! Your 2015 Sisters will be an unbelievable support in every way, and if past experience holds true, they’ll become some of your dearest friends in the world.

Your second order of business is to leave a comment below, and GIVE US THE EXCITING DETAILS!!! We want to hear all about what it was like to get THAT CALL!! (Rita finalists, if you’re visiting, spill, too!!) Has your heart even stopped pounding yet?

Today, the 2009 Golden Heart finalists, the Ruby-Slippered Sisters, will be stop in with congratulations, advice, and tales from their own Golden Heart adventures. And we invite all our friends and readers to add cheers and whoops of their own.

On Monday, for everyone who didn’t get that coveted call, we’ll be back with our annual Consolation Day party, with heaps of support (you can cry big messy tears, and we’ll be here with the hugs and the virtual tissues and calorie-free brownies), plus lots and lots of prize giveaways to help pick you right back up: chocolate, gift cards, and writing critiques.

Of course, tomorrow, every single one of us—whether finalist, non-finalist, whether newbie or multi-published author—has the very same task to do: sit down at that keyboard and KEEP WRITING!

But for now: It’s your day, Finalists!! Congratulations!!!! We can’t wait to hear from you!!

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One more thing I forgot to mention:

Over the past few years, the Rubies have established a tradition of inviting Golden Heart finalists to guest blog with us here, or be interviewed on the blog. I’ll be getting a message to you all via someone in your Yahoo loop over the next few days with information on how to get on the schedule. We’d love to host as many of you as possible in the weeks between now and Nationals. Looking forward to getting to know you all better!

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