Welcome 2017 Golden Heart and RITA Finalists!!!
Posted by Elisa Beatty Mar 22 2017, 12:00 am
CONGRATULATIONS, 2017 FINALISTS!!!
We hope you’re still floating on Cloud 9 after yesterday! RWA judges are tough, and nobody gets where you are without having written a FABULOUS book, so enjoy those well-deserved accolades!!
We have a tradition here at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of asking new finalists to share their stories about getting that life-changing, thrilling call. So SPILL THE DETAILS in the comments below, and we’ll set off a whole new round of squealing and cheering for you.
Golden Heart finalists: we hope you’ve got your seat-belts fastened, because you’re being launched onto a serious thrill ride. And you’ll need good friends to make it through the experience in one piece. So, if you haven’t done so yet, your first order of business is to join the email/Facebook loops for the class of 2017 so you can meet all your new sisters.(If someone has those links, please share in the comments.) Your 2017 Sisters will be an unbelievable support in every way, and if past experience holds true (as it certainly does for the Rubies), they’ll become some of your dearest friends in the world.
THANKS TO ROMANTIC SUSPENSE FINALIST TRACY BRODY, HERE’S THE INFO:
*RE: The Facebook Group Link Request*
TRACY SAYS, “I have set up the Facebook Group and here’s a link. It is private and you have to be added, so if you use a name on Facebook that is different than listed on the RWA finalists list, you might want to friend me and message me. I’m at https://www.facebook.com/tracybrodyauthor <–anyone can friend me. 😉”
The Facebook Group page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/481197135604075/
Tracy’s looking through feedback before setting up the email group, so she’ll be back with that info.
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.
We’ll also be issuing an invitation (via a member of your email or Facebook loop) for as many of you as we can possibly fit into the schedule to guest blog with the Rubies or be interviewed on the blog sometime between now and Nationals. We love getting to know the new Golden Heart cohort each year and helping you make yourself better known to the Romance writing world. Be on the lookout for the details!!
Tomorrow, 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 bawl your eyes out if you need to, and we’ll be here with the hugs and the virtual tissues and calorie-free brownies), plus lots of prize giveaways to help pick you right back up: chocolate, gift cards, and helpful, supportive writing critiques.
Of course, after we celebrate, 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!!