Today is a nail-biting day for many romance writers, including some on this blog. It’s the day phone calls go out to finalists for the biggest award in the romance genre: the RITA award. It’s like the Academy Awards for romance writers. Yes, my 2018 books are entered in this year’s RITA contest, just like in previous years. No, I’ve never finalled, let alone won. But I still sometimes imagine being up on the stage in a fancy gown, crying happy tears and making one of those awkward thank-you speeches. We all need dreams!
Cecilia Dowdy wrote a great post about the RITA and various other awards in February, and in reading your responses, I learned that some of our readers follow a number of contests, including the RITA, the ACFW Carol awards and the Christy awards. It’s a great way to discover new authors. And when readers chime in to congratulate an author on an award, that means a lot–so hop onto the RWA website this afternoon to find out who the RITA finalists are, and if you know any of them or their books, send them a “congratulations” on Facebook. I guarantee that they will be thrilled!
However, I also learned that a lot of our readers don’t particularly care about whether a book has won awards–they’re more interested in the type of story, the author, the setting. And that’s what really matters: not what a panel of judges thinks of a book, but what actual readers think of it.
So here’s my question: if you could offer a book award, what would you call it? Would any of our Inspy authors win it, and if so, who would it be? Example: As a card-carrying nerd, I’d give the “Best Book About Nerds” award to Elizabeth Maddrey for Muffins and Moonbeams…it’s so great watching her “stay in the background” hero and heroine forced out of their shells and into love.
This is my last post for InspyRomance for awhile; I’m taking a break to focus on my daughter’s senior year and transition to college, and on my writing. But I’d love to stay in touch. If you’re interested, subscribe to my newsletter for news about my books as well as some fun giveaways.