Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference has just ended and the winners’ books are getting a lot of buzz – which it is as it should be. These authors’ books have given us hours of reading pleasure. There are numerous winners in different categories—best book in a series, best historical, best romantic suspense, but one of my favorites is best first book.
We have all read the stories of how difficult it is to get published. Only one to two percent of manuscripts submitted to literary agencies make it to publication. And once an author does get published, only fifty percent of books find an audience. Plus even if their book does find an audience, that doesn’t mean they can quit their day job. Most authors work during the day and write in the early morning or late at night. They are literally working two jobs. And many of them do this for years.
I can only imagine the excitement of the nominees in this category—Authors Sonali Dev (A Bollywood Affair), Natalie Meg Evans (The Dress Thief), Beck Nicholas (Fake), Kate Breslin (For Such a Time), AE Jones (Mind Sweeper), Elia Winters (Purely Professional), Clara Kensie (Run to You), Alyssa Alexander (The Smuggler Wore Silk), and Patience Griffin (To Scotland with Love). They have to be walking on air. While there is only one winner, Clara Kensie for Run to You, these authors are all winners in the long run. What a publicity bonanza for them all.