Our Story

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood at the 2009 RWA® National Conference

Who We Are

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood formed on March 25, 2009, the day that the 2009 Golden Heart® nominations were announced. The Golden Heart® is the highest honor in romance writing for unpublished manuscripts and is presented by Romance Writers of Amerca®. On that day, we banded together via an email loop to squeal, gush, and exchange questions of “OMG, what next?”

After a round of introductions, blurbs, and congratulations, the usual chatter started. Two questions came up the most: “What are you going wear to the awards ceremony?” and “What are we going to call ourselves?”

We searched high and low for a name that could adequately communicate our support for one another, our path on this arduous journey toward publication, and our unique sense(s) of style(s). Finally, Jamie Michele came up with a gem of a suggestion.

“The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood”

Not only did the name embody our discussions of shoes, clothes, and make-up for the big night, it also spoke to the long road to publication and empowering ourselves as writers to follow our dreams, no matter how difficult that road could be. Like Dorothy, we had learned there was no wizard with the magic to take us where we long to be. Perseverance, practice, and faith in ourselves pave our yellow-brick road.

Soon we were clicking our heels together for good luck and procuring our signature ruby slippers. Most importantly, thanks to Gwynlyn MacKenzie, our motto was born:

“There’s no place like the best-seller lists!”

What We’ve Come to Do

The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog is here to document our journey and hopefully provide entertainment, inspiration, and encouragement along the way.

We hope you enjoy our journey as it continues. Some of our sisters have sold, many have signed with agents, and every one of us has been inspired to continue pursuing our dreams, whatever they may be.

Join us, click your fabulous heels together three times, and help us celebrate this journey to the best-seller lists.

It’s all about the shoes
(from the 2009 RWA® National Conference)