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Unsinkables Rising! How the Golden Heart Class of 2010 Has Soared This Year

Hard to believe, but in JUST ONE WEEK, calls will be going out from Romance Writers of America notifying the as-yet-unnamed Golden Heart Finalists for 2011 that one of their writing dreams has come true.

Many hundreds of talented hopefuls—all driven enough to have finished romance manuscripts, and brave enough to have sent them off for RWA judging—are probably already glancing anxiously at their phones, wondering what might happen to their writing careers if they get that “Golden” ring.

What does it really mean to be named a Golden Heart Finalist? How fast do things change once you get that call?

Today we’re going to look at the results of the high-speed roller-coaster year experienced by the Unsinkables—the 64 women and one man (hi, Ken!) who got the Golden Heart call last March 25. How much has changed for them in the past year?

As you might recall from our original post introducing them last spring, the Unsinkables found the inspiration for their group name when the frightening floods that battered Nashville threatened, but couldn’t sink, RWA Nationals. Fittingly enough, the past twelve months have been a wild, exciting, chaotic time, full of both frustration and joy.

Many of the Unsinkables had been working towards publication for years or even decades before their Golden Heart finals, and there’s no question that finaling has made a huge difference for many.

If you saw Vivi Andrews’ March 7 update on the 2009 Golden Heart finalists, you know the Ruby Sisters have collectively sold more than 80 books in two years since they finaled. Well, hot on those Ruby heels, the Unsinkables have been signing a similarly dizzying number of publishing contracts, exactly half that number in exactly half the time, with 40 books already sold!

Close to a third of the Unsinkables have signed contracts, with a full 50% of 2010 Golden Heart winning manuscripts getting snapped up by publishers.

It didn’t all happen at once. Two Unsinkables, Angi Morgan and Ruby Sister Hope Ramsay, learned they’d sold their books even before they got the 2010 Golden Heart phone call—and Angi had the pleasure of  “winning the Golden Heart around 9 and having my book go on sale at midnight!”

Hope’s debut, WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE, just out this month, got a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and hit #28 on the list of Mass Market Romance as measured by Bookscan in its *first week* in stores!

Rochelle Staab was made an offer just days after the Golden Heart phone call, on April Fool’s Day, but it was no joke—she has a three-book deal with Berkley Prime Crime! G. Jillian Stone got the phone call for the first of her TWO three-book deals while in the airport on the way to Nationals, and Erica O’Rourke knew about her YA sale before Nationals but had to keep  her cheers private until early this winter, when Kensington announced the launch of its new K Teen line.

Heather Snow had several agents vying for her at Nationals (a “monkey knife fight” eventually won by Barbara Poelle); Heather  got her three-book deal offer from NAL Signet Eclipse soon after Nationals. (Heather and several other soon-to-be-published Unsinkables have launched a group blog together: check out getlostinastory.blogspot.com).

The latest announced sale—by Sharon Lynn Fisher , who’s also a Ruby Sister—happened so recently it couldn’t even be counted in Vivi Andrews’ update post on the Rubies two weeks ago!

Here’s the list of books sold so far, as compiled by the very wonderful and super-organized Keli Gwyn (who happens to be among our soon-to-be-on-the-bookshelf authors…go, Keli!!):

(T) = Tentative, TBD = To Be Determined
* Before title name = 2010 GH Finalist,
** Before title name = 2010 GH Winner

Sub-genre Codes (Based on GH categories and used as only as a general guide.)

Contemporary Series – CS
Contemporary Series: Suspense/Adventure – CSSA
Contemporary Single Title – CST
Historical – H
Inspirational – I
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements – NSRE
Paranormal – P
Regency Historical – RH
Romantic Suspense – RS
Young Adult – YA
Other – O

Angi Morgan
Agent – Jill Marshall, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
1) **HILL COUNTRY HOLDUP, Harlequin Intrigue, RS, 9/2010
2) .38 CALIBER COVER-UP, Harlequin Intrigue, RS, 2/2011

(Note: HILL COUNTRY HOLD-UP is an RT 2010 Best First Series Book Nominee.)

B. A. Binns (aka Barbara Binns)
Agent – Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.
1) PULL, WestSide Books, YA, 10/2010

C. J. Chase
Agent – Steve Laube, The Steve Laube Agency
1) **REDEEMING THE ROGUE, I, Love Inspired Historical, 8/2011

Cat Schield
Agent – Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
1) A CASE OF MEDDLING WITH A MILLIONAIRE, Harlequin Desire, CS, 6/2011
2) WINNING A MILLIONAIRE (T), Harlequin Desire, CS, 10/2011

Donnell Ann Bell
1) TBD, Bell Bridge Books, RS, 9/2011

Erica O’Rourke
Agent – Joanna Volpe, Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation
1)  **TORN, Kensington Teen, YA, 7/2011
2) TANGLED, Kensington Teen, YA, 2/2012
3) BOUND, Kensington Teen, YA, TBD

G. Jillian Stone
Agent – Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates
1) **THE YARD MAN: An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (T), Pocket Books, RS, 3/2012
2) THE CARNAL SINS OF RAPHAEL (T), Pocket Books, RS, 7/2012
3) A VERY PRIVATE DUEL WITH PHINEAS GUNN (T), Pocket Books, RS, 11/2012
4) THE SEDUCTION OF PHAETON BLACK, (T) Kensington Brava, O – Steampunk, 9/2012
5) THE MOONSTONE AND MISS JONES (T), Kensington Brava, O – Steampunk, Spring 2013
6) THE CURIOUS UNDOING OF GASPAR SINCLAIR (T), Kensington Brava, O – Steampunk, Fall 2013

Gwen Roman (aka Jennifer McAndrews)
Agent – Michelle Humphrey, International Creative Media
1) TRAIL OF THE TUDOR BLUE, The Wild Rose Press, RS, 1/2011

Heather Snow
Agent – Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary Agency
1) *SWEET ENEMY, NAL Signet Eclipse, RH, 2/2012 (T)
2) SWEET DECEPTION (T), NAL Signet Eclipse, RH, 12/2012 (T)
3) SWEET MADNESS (T), NAL Signet Eclipse, RH, 6/2013 (T)

Hope Ramsay
Agent – Elaine English, Elaine P. English PLLC
1)  WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE, Grand Central Publishing (Forever Romance), CST, 3/2011
2)  *HOME AT LAST, (T), Grand Central Publishing (Forever Romance), CST, 9/2011
3) LAST CHANCE BEAUTY QUEEN, Grand Central Publishing (Forever Romance), CST, 4/2012
4) CHRISTMAS IN LAST CHANCE, Grand Central Publishing (Forever Romance), CST 10/2012

Jennifer Jakes
1) *RAFE’S REDEMPTION, The Wild Rose Press, H, 2/2011

Jennifer McAndrews
Agent – Michelle Humphrey, International Creative Media
1) DEADLY FARCE, Avalon Books, O, TDB

Keli Gwyn
Agent – Rachelle Gardner, WordServe Literary
1) *A BRIDE OPENS SHOP IN EL DORADO, CALIFORNIA (T), Barbour, I, 7/2012 (T)

Kylie Griffin
Agent – Elaine Spencer, The Knight Agency
1) **TBD, Berkley Sensation, P, 2/2012
2) TBD, Berkley Sensation, P, 2012 (T)
3) TBD, Berkley Sensation, P, 2012 (T)

Linda Lovely
Agent – Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
1) DEAR KILLER, L&L Dreamspell, O – Mystery/Suspense, 6/2011

Maureen McGowan
Agent – Charlie Olsen, InkWell Management
1) CINDERELLA: NINJA WARRIOR, Baker & Taylor, YA, 4/2011
2) SLEEPING BEAUTY: VAMPIRE SLAYER, Baker & Taylor, YA, 4/2011
Novella/Short:
1) “Lost and Found” in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE, Running Press, P, 12/2009

Rochelle Staab
Agent – Christine Witthohn, Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC
1) *WHO DO, VOODOO? (T), Berkley Prime Crime, O – Mystery, 11/2011
2) TBD, Berkley Prime Crime, O – Mystery, 2012 (T)
3) TBD, Berkley Prime Crime, O – Mystery, 2013 (T)

Sharon Lynn Fisher
Agent – Robin Rue, Writers House
1) *GHOST PLANET, Macmillan/TOR, P, TBD
2) TBD, Macmillan/TOR, P, TBD

Shea Berkley
Agent – Laurie McLean, Larson Pomada Literary Agency
1) TORREIN: AGE OF FEAR (T), Variance Publishing, O – Epic Fantasy, 11/2011

Shelley Coriell
Agent – Jill Corcoran, The Herman Agency
1) *WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE, Amulet Books/Abrams, YA, 3/2012 (T)

Here are a few more gorgeous Unsinkable covers:

That’s an amazing level of success, given that the 2010 finalists could only enter Golden Heart if they had *not yet* signed a contract as of the mid-November 2009 registration deadline.

And there’s surely much, much more success to come.

Many Unsinkables (the majority, in fact) are still on the journey to publication. With that Golden Heart Finalist imprimatur, queries get looked at faster by agents and editors, but there’s certainly no Golden Heart immunity from rejection. We’ve had our share of tears and “so-close-you-can-taste-it” disappointments, but as Historical finalist Elizabeth Burke says, “Being a Golden Heart finalist gave me the confidence to keep going…and going…and going.”

There are lots more signs of forward progress. Many Unsinkables have signed with agents since the Golden Heart nominations, winning over such highly-sought folks as Jill Marsal, Richard Curtis, Joanna Volpe, Christine Witthohn, Michelle Humphrey, Charlie Olsen, Rachelle Gardner, Nalini Akolekar, Susanna Einstein, and Elaine Spencer.

Contemporary Single Title Golden Heart Winner Liz Selvig was herself sought out by an excellent agent she hadn’t even queried: “The beautiful, tough and smart Elizabeth Wineck Rubinstein from McIntosh & Otis actually found and pursued me after seeing my name as a Golden Heart finalist and then winner. Since signing with her, her compliments about my writing and her brilliant revision suggestions have given me as much confidence and validation as winning the Golden Heart did!”

And Unsinkables have gone on to triumph in many contests, taking first-place (often in multiple categories) in Golden Claddagh, the Sheila, the Daphne (in at least three different categories), the Molly, the Royal Ascot, Hearts Through History (in which Heather Snow took Best of the Best!), Emerald City Opener, Four Seasons, Chicago North’s Fire and Ice, Put Your Heart in a Book, Golden Gateway, Heart of the Rockies, Reveal Your Inner Vixen, Romancing the Script, and other contests, with new finals continuing to roll in: Jane Sevier , Robin Weaver, and Sharon Wray all just finaled in the Marlene!

And some very recent news: Jennifer Jakes’ RAFE’S REDEMPTION just won “Best Cover” at Happily Ever After Reviews!

Our contest queens are Keli Gwyn, who took eight firsts in RWA chapter contests in 2009-2010, and Nancy Evertz (aka Nan Dixon), who took home the Contest Diva crown for the year, finaling in 11 different contests with four manuscripts since the Golden Heart.

All those contest wins and finals have generated many full requests, and several Unsinkables are currently working with “revise and resubmit” letters or are in the midst of revisions with their new agents before submitting their manuscripts to publishing houses. No doubt we’ll have lots more happy publication news to announce in the months to come!

And meanwhile, I’m sure we’ll be seeing the names of quite a few Unsinkables among the 2011 Golden Heart finalists announced next Friday.

Maybe the best thing about the Golden Heart is that it convinces writers to hang in there no matter what: as Linda Lovely, whose debut novel comes out in June, says, “My ten-year journey to publication has included a goodly share of disappointments and close calls. The Golden Heart helped convince me to stay the course. Thank you, RWA.”  Regency finalist Gillian Layne adds, “The Golden Heart final is a sign that now it’s really just a matter of ‘when’ for us, not ‘if.’”

And whatever else happens, the Unsinkables have gained one unchanging benefit from finaling in 2010: each other.  As Jen McAndrews put it, “being a Golden Heart finalist was like winning a lottery in which the prize is instant membership to a fun, supportive group of writers all ready to stand together for one of the wildest rides of everyone’s life—totally redefining ‘priceless’!!”

JOIN US HERE MARCH 25 FOR LIVE UPDATES AS THE NEW GOLDEN HEART FINALISTS ARE ANNOUNCED!! IF YOU GET THE GOLDEN HEART CALL, LET US KNOW ASAP!!!

105 responses to “Unsinkables Rising! How the Golden Heart Class of 2010 Has Soared This Year”

  1. Wow, Elisa, I’m breathless after reading about our Unsinkable sisters’ and brother’s achievements! Thanks for putting it altogether. I had so much fun as a finalist in 2009 and 2010. It’s an unforgettable experience that still carries on to this day!

    Good luck to everyone waiting for that special call or email next week!

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  2. Gillian Layne says:

    Great job, Elisa, and WOW to my Unsinkable sidekicks! It’s a joy to see all those successes. Can’t wait to cheer everyone on next week. 🙂

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  3. Kudos to my Unsinkable sisters & brother for their awesome accomplishments during this last year. Seeing this impressive list kind of makes me wish I hadn’t taken so much time off from writing in the last year to babysit. (But you only get a first grandchild once in your life.) I’m back now, and crossing my fingers that I and the rest of the Rubies and Unsinkables who’ve yet to sell will be celebrating some success this next year.

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  4. Gwynlyn MacKenzie says:

    Wow, Elisa. What a testament to the Unsinkables! Congrats to all who sold.

    Now, it’s back to work for me. Only 10 days! ACK!

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  5. Hugs to my fellow Unsinkables! May this year bring you continued success, and may you continue to find joy in your stories!

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  6. What amazing accomplishments, from both the Unsinkables and the Ruby Sisters. I’m sad that my Golden year is ending but SO EXCITED for the new crop of finalists that get to experience what we had.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      It’s been wonderful getting to know you through the Unsinkables, Abigail…and I know there will be some good news coming from your quarter soon!

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  7. Jane Sevier says:

    Thank you, Elisa, not just for this wonderful post but for all your hard work throughout the last 12 months on behalf of the Unsinkables AND the Ruby-slippered Sisters. You rock!

    Whatever happens on the 25th, I’m with Jen. Winning the Unsinkables lottery has been a grand prize indeed.

    Good luck everybody!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Thanks, Jane!

      In the list of contests, I think I left out your screenwriting success! That was a fabulous one!

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      • Jane Sevier says:

        Thank you, Elisa. It was a thrill to win Romancing the Script last year, especially because “Package Deal, or The Blue Jay’s Egg” was my very first script and that was my first contest win.

        And, again, you totally rock!

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  8. oh, wow! So odd to look at all the Unsinkable accomplishments and know I’ve “watched” each one unfold (and passed the tissues on the rejections), yet looking at all that’s happened in the past year — WOW! what an impressive bunch of hard working writers! Unsinkables rock! Of course, we had the benefit of the Ruby Sisters blazing the trail before us : ) (and no mistake, the Rubies were unparalleled in their mentoring and hand-holding!). I’m raising my glass (okay, mug of coffee — it’s morning) to the continued success of ALL GH finalists and winners – a truly stellar group of ladies and gentlemen!!

    And Elisa? Amazing post. You put a lot of work into this — it shows and it SHINES!!!

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  9. Lena Diaz says:

    Great, great post, Elisa. 50% of the GH 2010 books have sold? That’s mind-boggling, and a compelling incentive for others to go for the gold and enter the next Golden Heart contest! I’m looking forward to the announcements on March 25th. It’s such an exciting day and so fun to see the posts fly by as people get the call. I wish all our future Golden Heart 2011 sisters (and perhaps brothers) much success and I hope they find the incredible support with their GH class that we in the 2010 class have found.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Yeah–isn’t that an amazing statistic? Especially given how slowly the wheels of the publishing industry can turn.

      And given how things have continued to roll for the Rubies, I’m betting we’ll see a lot more selling soon!

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  10. liz talley says:

    Fantastic! Loved seeing all that good news in there. Of course, the Unsinkable will always be near and dear because they hold so many Rubies, but I’ve also been blessed by getting know other non-rubies and I have to say they are a great group of women, and, ahem, man. LOL. Congrats, Unsinkables, and thanks for helping prove the legitimacy of the Golden Hearts. Cream rises to the top!

    Good luck to those vying for the GH spots this year…and to those up for Ritas. Wow, that sounds nice, huh?

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Woo-hoo…the Ritas!!! I hope we’ll see some Ruby names among those nominees. I have no doubt we’ll start seeing them regularly in the years to come, and Unsinkables too!

      I like the phrase “hold so many Rubies.” Jewels in the crown….

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  11. Elisa Beatty says:

    Morning all!

    I just crawled out of bed here on the West Coast.

    As you’re reading the post, if I’ve left out any big accomplishments or gotten any info wrong, feel free to add a note in the comment trail. I’ll update the post throughout the day as soon as I get a chance!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Mary Lawrence says:

    Elisa,
    The recap is impressive and I’m so honored to be a part of the class of 2010. You did a marvelous job with this post. Good luck to the 2011 GHs!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Thanks, Mary! Congrats again on your Golden Claddagh win, and on being a finalist in the Gotham Young Adult contest!!

      I couldn’t work everything the Unsinkable reported into this post, but I wanted to add something you said: “I entered the GH hoping for some feedback on my manuscript, not even realizing you just get a number, and was surprised to final. This has been a boon to my confidence. The knowledge and support I’ve gained as a result of my association with fellow finalists has been priceless.”

      It reminds me how many of the Unsinkables (and Rubies too) jumped into the Golden Heart contest without even quite realizing what it all meant…and that was certainly me back in 2009!! Many of us are still trying to learn the basic ropes of the business, and (as we were saying on the Unsinkables loop a couple weeks ago) going for a “slow build.”

      We’ll all get there before long!!

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  13. Amanda Brice says:

    This was a great post, Elisa. Looks like the Unsinkables are a very talented bunch!

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  14. Erica says:

    Thanks for pulling together all this data, Elisa. Such a fabulous group, and I am grateful every day to be part of it. I can’t wait to see as many of my Unsinkable siblings as possible this summer, and to cheer them on in the years to come.

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  15. Shea Berkley says:

    Being part of the Unsinkables is amazing. I’ve developed friendships that I cherish and wouldn’t give up for anything … you know who you are. Pass me a Margarita!!! I feel very blessed to have finaled in 2009 and 2010. Wow, what stellar years filled with great memories and wonderful people I would’ve never met otherwise. I fully expect to see more sales very soon.

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  16. Keli Gwyn says:

    What a fantastic post, Elisa! You. Rock. Big. Time!

    It’s wonderful to see the accomplishments of the Unsinkables. A GH final is indeed Golden. The Rubies’ successes are very impressive, and I’ve seen similar results in the Pixies group of 2008, too.

    Kudos to all who entered the 2011 Golden Heart. It takes courage to put your work out there. I wish you all the best. Those who final are in for an exciting ride. I look forward to the celebration on March 25th.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Thanks to you, Keli, for doing all the work of compiling the list of sales! You’re amazing with that!!

      And congrats yet again on your sale! You’ve done so much supporting other aspiring writers with Romance Writers on the Journey!! (romancewritersonthejourney.wordpress.com)…it’s definitely good karma at work!

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    • Amanda Brice says:

      Keli is awesome. She’s been compiling all the Pixies’ sales for nearly 3 years now. Wow!

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  17. Liz Selvig says:

    All my Unsinkable sisters and my Ruby half-sisters have said it so well: this was an amazing column –not just beautifully written but astounding in what it imparts. I have never been so proud to be part of a group as I am to be a member of the Unsinkables. I treasure every friendship I’ve made–and every experience we’ve shared.

    Watching the successes pile up has been extraordinary. Congrats to every single one of us who’s sold, signed, finaled, and persevered. I guess that pretty much includes everyone!

    I didn’t enter the GH this year so I get to sit back without stress and enjoy the thrills as the 2011 class is named. All who end up in that select group are in for one of the biggest treats of their lives!

    Thanks, Elisa, for this wonderful tribute, and thanks to all the Ruby Sisters for so much fantastic support! Good luck to all the GH entrants.

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  18. Hope Ramsay says:

    Thank you Elisa for putting this together.

    I am so blessed to be a member of both the Rubies and the Unsinkables. You guys are all such great friends. To me your friendship is more important than any other aspect of being a Golden Heart Finalist.

    But before I get totally maudlin, let me be clear — selling that first book and watching the sales of it mount (this week it ranked #22 in mass market romance) is pretty darn cool. I’m so glad I got to share this experience with you all.

    I am your #1 fan. I revel in your successes and cry over your set backs, too. I look forward to the future — and even bigger and better things for all of us.

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  19. Angi Morgan says:

    Thanks so much for the support over the past year. It’s been awesome and I hope everyone gets the same thrill ride. Lovin’ my Unsinkable sisters & brother. I have to agree with Jen…finding this group of terrific writers has been an awesome experience.

    And to the 2011 Finalists…don’t forget to breath and enjoy the ride. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed. Take the time to ENJOY the experience.

    ~~Angi

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  20. What an amazing list of accomplishments! I am proud to be part of such a talented and supportive group of writers. Congratulations to everyone who sold, signed and made the finals in contests.

    Thanks, Elisa, for pulling together this tribute, and thanks to the Ruby Sisters for all your support. Best of luck to everyone, wishes for great year. Hope to see you in New York.

    EB

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  21. Thanks so much for this great post, Elisa! I feel honored and blessed to have this wonderful group of women and man to count as my friends!

    Thank all of my Unsinkables for all your support this past year.

    Best of luck to everyone!

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  22. Leslie Karen Witwer says:

    What a talented and supportive group of individuals! You all continue to impress me. Cheers!

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  23. liz talley says:

    Since we’re full of good tiding and sales, I’ll add to the Ruby sales. Just got off the phone with my editor and I sold my three Lousiana books! Woot! Boys of Bayou Bridge will be a back to back three book series for Superromance!

    Have a good Friday…I know I will. 🙂

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  24. Tia Ramirez says:

    Ohmigawd. I cannot wait to send off a manuscript to the Golden Hearts contest. I get butterflies just thinking about it. But first, I need to whip out a manuscript worthy of it lol.
    Congratulations to all those that have made it big, gotten published, books sold to agents and await the day of publication, those that were brave enough to send in their work to RWA, the finalist that will soon be announced and of course, all the Ruby Sisters 🙂
    You guys pretty much rock my socks off.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      You’re an inspiration, too, Tia, knowing what you want to do so young, and being so passionate about it! It was wonderful getting to know you during the Winter Writing Festival!

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    • liz talley says:

      Ah, we love ya, Tia, and love getting our hands on young, new talent. Now get to polishing, girlie. I think you’ve found your calling early in life. What a blessing!

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  25. Donnell says:

    Hope said it way better than me. The friendship I’ve made from the 2007 GH and the 2010 GH with like-minded individuals has been invaluable. Let’s face it, there is nothing like the ups and downs of this business. And to be able to share these worries/highs/ with people who’ve been there, fretted over that, well, let’s say if not for all of you I’d be on the psychoanalyst’s chair.

    Ruby Sisters, you rock. And a huge shout out to the the 2007 Bond girls and the 2010 Unsinkables! Keli and Elisa, thank you!!!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Yes, Donnell…it’s SOOO important to have friends to lift you up during the downs. Hurray for all the Golden Heart groups that have stuck together!!

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  26. Heather Snow says:

    Wow…what a fantastic post and reading the comments has been such fun. There’s really nothing more for me to say as you’ve said it all…so proud of each of us for embodying the Unsinkable spirit through the highs of sales and the lows of rejection. I’m so honored to have been in the same lifeboat with you 🙂

    Thank you to the Rubies for your guidance and welcome. Thanks to the Golden Network for the same. I can’t wait until Friday when we get to welcome a new set of GH finalists (and am SO glad not to be waiting for the call myself–I still remember how nervewracking it was!).

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  27. Jae Vincent says:

    Wow, this brought tears. I’ve been working on my manuscript for about 6 years and I sent it in. I’ve missed 4 deadlines, hoping to get it in, but this year was the first.

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  28. Fantastic! Congratulations to the Unsinkables and thanks to Elisa and Keli for the update. Being part of a supportive GH group is special, and that is always such a win. Good luck to the GH and RITA entrants!

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  29. Anne Barton says:

    Wow!!! Thanks Elisa and Keli for all the uplifting, inspiring news. I’ll bet we’ll be hearing more good stuff about the Unsinkables and Rubies in the days/weeks/months ahead!

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  30. Bravo, Elisa, for putting together this post! The entire GH journey has been a fairy tale from the start – polishing the ms. to enter, the rush of THE phone call, the seemingly endless wait for Nashville/Orlando, the clothes, the polls, the nerves, the queries-agents-sales, the photos, the banquet night, and every individual Unsinkable success along the way. A thrill!

    I’m so proud to be part of the Golden Heart alumni and will continue to cheerlead my Unsinkable brother and sisters on the road to continued success.

    While I’ll be a little sad to relinquish my GH runner-up tiara next week I’ll be rooting and wooting for the GH Class of ’11. Good luck to all the entrants!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Let’s all enjoy our final stroll down the runway this week…tiaras shining, waving to the crowd…(and hopefully not face-planting into the judge’s box).

      Congrats on being BEYOND the Golden Heart anxiety. Good luck with the debut book…and we’ll be looking for your name among the Ritas soon!

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  31. Awesome achievements Rubies! And the friendships? Amazing!! We’ll countdown together! Wishing everyone who entered GH/Rita good luck!

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    • Anne Barton says:

      Hi Marian! Do you miss the sprints as much as I do? Hope all is well with you . . . and yes, we’ll countdown and bite our nails together.

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      • Elisa Beatty says:

        I miss the sprints, too! We really need to get some of those going again soon! My early Saturday mornings have reverted to dish duty and trying to psych myself up to go to the gym.

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  32. Congratulations to all the Unsinkables! So inspirational to hear success stories. Can’t wait until next week to see who the 2012 group will be. Good luck to all who entered!

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  33. Cat Schield says:

    Awesome post Elisa! Makes me so proud to be a part of such an amazing group of writers. And thanks to the Rubies for hosting the Unsinkables today. You guys have been like big sisters to us, leading the way and being our inspiration.

    Congrats to all my fellow Unsinkables for the great year we’ve had. Good luck to the class of 2011. I’m so excited to hear who finaled and to watch those adventures begin/continue.

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Hi, Cat! Thanks for being here! And congrats again for being one of our SOLD Unsinkables…I’m excited just thinking about all the sales that will no doubt come by the time the Unsinkables have hit their two-year anniversary, and thrilled to think of all the books that we’ll soon have in hand (or on Kindle).

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  34. Thanks so much for this fun update of the Unsinkables’ (and Rubies’) accomplishments in the last year. Definitely eye-opening.

    One week until those magic phone calls go out. 🙂

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      Good to see you here, Laurie!! We’ll be doing GH-related posts all next week to help everyone focus that nervous energy….and the BIG party will be on the 25th!!!

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  35. B. A. Binns says:

    Thanks for putting all this together. It’s wonderful to see the accomplishments of my fellow Unsinkables. I am truly proud to be a member of this dedicated, hard working, and supportive group of writers. And may twice as many of us be securely published by next year.

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  36. Elisa Beatty says:

    I just added a few more gorgeous Unsinkables covers to the post…sorry I didn’t have time to get them in there before.

    B.A. Binns’ PULL, Gwen Roman’s TRAIL OF THE TUDOR BLUE, and Angi Morgan’s .38 CALIBER HOLD-UP are all in stores already.

    Maureen McGowan’s “twisted” YA fairy tales, CINDERELLA: NINJA WARRIOR and SLEEPING BEAUTY: VAMPIRE SLAYER will be out in just a couple more weeks!!

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  37. MaryC says:

    So funny; though it’s been years since I entered or finaled in the GH, the date March 25th sticks in my mind and still gives me goosebumps.

    Congrats to all the rubies and best of luck to this year’s group of finalists!

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