Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RWA Announces the RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!

by Debby Giusti

Tomorrow Romance Writers of America will announce the RITA and Golden Heart finalists. Writers from around the country--even around the world--will be waiting to receive calls that announce their top placements.

Throughout the day, emails will sail back and forth as hopeful aspirants wait in anticipation. I enjoy reading those cyber messages and can feel the swell of excitement as the calls go out.

Yes, I entered, but the competition is stiff and the odds are I won’t final. That’s okay. I’m excited anyway.

Will I do anything different on Thursday? Probably not.

I’ll work on my current work in progress, check my favorite blogs, take a walk, run some errands, fix dinner for my family and do all the other things that normally fill my day. But I will be rejoicing with those who are selected.

Congrats in advance to all the finalists. Congrats, also, to all the writers who entered.

How will you spend this Thursday?

Good luck, everyone!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

KILLER HEADLINE, available from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, now in large-print hardcover.


Lisa Mondello said...

I'll be sitting at my laptop checking all the blogs, email loops and website updates for news about the Ritas. I love getting hourly updates in between writing time. I'd almost forgotten they were announcing tomorrow!

Margaret Daley said...

I'll spend Thursday working and catching up on everything I've let go.

PamelaTracy said...

I never gave a thought to the RITAs until I got the call. So, Debby, never think it won't happen because it could. I've read your stuff. You're grand. Thursday, luckily, my mind (somewhat) will be taken off the call by work. Thursdays a 9 to6 day.

EllenToo said...

Good luck to all who have been entered in the RITA and Golden Heart contests.

Debby Giusti said...

It is an exciting day, isn't it?

I'm always overjoyed when the Golden Heart finalists are announced. For the unpubbed, it's such a wonderful affirmation of their writing skills.

Debby Giusti said...

I bought Cowboy Protecter today. Can't wait to start reading!!!

Debby Giusti said...

Last year was your year, wasn't it, Pam!!! Congrats on all your success.

Love the pic I posted taken the night Linda Goodnight won. I was thrilled for her and so glad a LIS was selected the winner over all the long single-title Christian books.

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Ellen,
You're such a great supporter, Ellen. I've said it before, but it's true. I always enjoy seeing your comments on the blogs!

Dana Mentink said...

Gee, I had no idea the announcements are coming tomorrow. Then again, I'm just now reading books that came out years ago, so that's typical for me. Good luck, everyone!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Dana,
I saw an annoucement last weekend, which mentioned the date the calls would go out...otherwise I wouldn't have known either.