Every author who has ever published a book dreams of success. Part of that success is, of course, financial. Many of us struggle for many years in the hope of one day leaving behind our day jobs to become full time novelists. Some of us achieve that dream, but many others of us continue to juggle writing with a full time job. Yet, we still write because it's our greatest passion to fill blank pages with vivid characters and compelling stories, and because it fulfills our deep need to create.
Which leads to the secondary component of "success" - simply to achieve recognition for our hard work. This recognition both by readers and by our own peers means a great deal when one is struggling. A framed document or a crystal trophy can be a valued source of validation for what we do, and often inspires us to continue onward in times of discouragement, especially for those who go it alone without the backing of a New York publishing house.
Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award. To achieve this award, a book must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry. All books that are read and reviewed by the staff reviewers have a chance to qualify. Those given a 4 star rating or higher are selected for a vote by the reading public. The ones that achieve the highest number of reader votes then progress to become finalists. The finalists are then read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and judged on characterization, overall arc, editing etc.
The highest scores from the finalist are awarded the coveted RONE award. All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!
This year, I am honored to be among many talented authors competing for this award, a number of whom are my good friends. Here are the amazing titles from Embracing Romance authors that will soon be up for the Reader vote! I hope you will all take the time to show your support for our work. If you have not read our books, here are some fantastic titles to start with! (Just click book covers for blurbs and purchase links)
BEST ANTHOLOGY NOMINEE:
ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE'S KISS
This awesome title features Embracing Romance Authors: Collette Cameron, Katherine Bone, and yours truly!