Today was the day when romance authors across the country were waiting by their phones for “the call.” The call from the RWA (Romance Writers of America) that they were now a finalist in the RITAs and Golden Hearts.
This is like the Academy Awards for romance novels. Winners will be announced at a formal event at the 2017 RWA Conference in Orlando. RITAs are awarded to the best of the published works in the last year. Golden Hearts are for unpublished novels, which is a great way for an author to land an agent or a publishing contract.
Just being a finalist is an honor.
For the first time in ages, I haven’t read a single finalist in any category. Which is pretty amazing, considering I read three-five romance novels a week. I don’t know if my favorite authors didn’t enter (as Pamela Clare said she hadn’t), or if I’m reading more Indie (self-published) writers this year. Although I’m leaning towards it being the former.
Bottom line for me — the depth of talent in the romance world is astounding. Congrats to all the finalists! I’ll be reading what I can before Orlando, and cheering you on.