10 Ways to Kill Time Until the Call

Warning: The following post is a bit tongue-in-cheek. It’s a Ruby Reprise from a few years ago (with some minor updates), but the tips are still valid…especially the chocolate one. 😉

10 Ways to Kill Time Until the Call… GH, RITA, or THE Call

It’s almost here! The day calls go out to the Golden Heart® and RITA® contest finalists. A day that will always be significant in the world of romance writers.  But it’s not here yet and the anticipation makes the hours drag by.  So how do you spend these final hours?

1.)  Plan your Celebration

Stock up on the champagne, streamers, and party horns.  Oh, and a tiara.  How can you party without a tiara?  Or book a day at the spa.  Make reservations for you and a significant other or group of writer friends at a restaurant.  Or plan a “pleasure reading day” that is only for you and the book of your choice.

2.)  Pose & Plan

One of the first things you’ll want after the call is a platform (if you don’t have one already).  Start mugging for the camera as you practice your pose for your professional pictures in the mirror.  And don’t forget to practice your acceptance speech and reserve or renew a domain name for your fabulous author site.

3.)  Write

Oh yeah, that!  Just because you’re going to be a big success doesn’t mean you can take it easy.  Get to work on that next amazing manuscript.  The world is waiting!

4.)  Review

Look over your agent/editor submission list (and think about what you’re going to say to them when you email or call with the news that, yes, your manuscript is fantastic! ☺ )  Remember, as a GH finalist, you’ll have extra agent/editor attention at conference.

5.)  Revise

Oh yeah, there’s that, too.

6.)  Plot…

…your outfits for conference.  OR your future RITA-winning New York Times bestseller.  OR plot how you will celebrate (see #1).

7.)  Plan

Google maps of Denver, and plan your visit for the RWA National Conference.  But save lots of time to mingle with your fellow finalists and attend some wonderful events thrown in your honor.

8.)  Day job?

Pshaw.  Instead, daydream…your body may be at work, but they can’t control your mind (unless maybe you work for the government—but, um, of course that’s a rumor).  The sky’s the limit here!  Browse your local bookstore (or and imagine how your book will look there.  What will the cover look like?  Picture delivering your keynote address as you receive the RWA Lifetime Achievement award.

9.)  Make a spa/salon appointment

Nails nibbled down to the nubs from the exhausting wait?  Get thee to the salon.  You’ve got to get in shape for that professional photographer appointment for your new website, business cards, and the gi-normous picture they’ll flash when you win the GH (see #2 above).

10.) Self-induced Chocolate Coma

Consume vast amounts of chocolate until you fall into a sugar stupor. It’s a proven fact: Chocolate makes everything better.

While I wrote this semi-tongue-in-cheek, I sincerely wish the best of luck to all who’ve entered, and to all who have submissions out there in the wide world of publishing.  Waiting is the hard part, and you’re almost there. In the meantime, dream big and keep working hard. Persistence and patience are important to success in this career.

So, tell me…how do you plan to spend the final few hours before the GH/RITA calls go out?  How are you killing time while the seconds slip by?

And don’t forget… our Ruby Cyber-party will commemorate the end of the wait!  Join us!

24 responses to “10 Ways to Kill Time Until the Call”

  1. Anne, Reading this post brings back the memories I had while waiting for call day and I can feel the excitement building.

    I know we have some die-heart Ruby followers entered and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for them.

    Thanks for the memory today!

  2. Heather McCollum says:

    LOL! Love this post, Anne Marie! I don’t think we have enough chocolate in the house. Luckily it’s almost Easter so there are bunches in the store. : )

    Good luck, everyone!

  3. Jennifer Bray-Weber says:

    Very cute post, Anne Marie!

    I plan to do anything BUT think about the call. I’m trying really hard to forget what day it is, too. I’m also practicing the mantra “Oh well, there’s always next year”. LOL!

    Good luck to all who entered the GH or Rita!

    • I hear you, Jenn. So much excitement each year, and often the “down” part of the roller coaster when I don’t final. But I tell myself I’m lucky my final was in 2009, so I have my sisters. 😉 And then, as you say, there’s always next year!

  4. Thankfully, tomorrow is booked solid between work and family obligations, minimizing the time to obsess.

    Thinking sparkly, Finaling thoughts for everyone who entered!

  5. Julia Day says:

    Another suggestion: download Raise Your Glass ringtone to your phone and set it up to go off anytime a number you don’t recognize calls your phone.

    Okay, that would probably be annoying if you had a lot of meetings planned…

  6. LOL! I love this, Anne Marie! May I also recommend feather boas, if you’re getting ready for celebrations? I remember back in 2009, Kelly Fitzpatrick and I had agreed to meet for lunch and if she finaled she promised to wear her tiara and if I finaled I promised to wear my feather boa – and we both looked FABULOUS (and got plenty of odd looks) at that pub. Highly recommended.

    GOOD LUCK to everyone who entered!!! I hope to hear about lots of ringing phones tomorrow and can’t wait to cheer for you!

  7. Addison Fox says:

    I love this, AM!!!!

    And sign me up for #10!! 🙂

    • You got it, Addison! Heather had a great point above…Easter’s around the corner. I’ll see what I can do about having the Bunny bring your basket early. That bunny and I are good friends. 😉

  8. Tamara Hogan says:

    Yes, bring on the chocolate! At our house, no bunny ear is safe. 🙂

    I entered a book in the RITA this year for the first time in four years. After so long away, it feels great to at least have a horse in the race again. Much like dreaming about what it might be like to win the lottery, it’s fun to think about getting that RITA call. That said, who else NEVER answers phone calls from unknown numbers? Tomorrow might be the day to make an exception. 🙂

    I look forward to all the celebrating here at the blog tomorrow!

    • Tamara, I’m thrilled for you whether you get the call or not. I know the road to this point was a challenging one, so we’ll celebrate getting to this point.

      And the bunny ear IS the best part. 😉

  9. June Love says:

    Love this, AM. I wish the best to all who entered!

  10. Elisa Beatty says:

    So excited to see who’s nominated tomorrow!!!

    And I’m looking forward to our cyber celebration all day on the blog!!

    • YES! I can’t wait. I don’t have anything entered this year, but it’s always a thrill to see what and who is nominated. I’ll be working on my 2018/19 entry and that chocolate coma in the meantime… 😉

  11. Thanks, Anne Marie. Thanks for the memories. Love picturing finalists in their tiaras and boas. Good luck to all who entered this year!


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