The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) is delighted to announce the winners for their annual Industry Awards for 2022. The awards celebrate the hard work and talent of any person, group or organisation who has championed the broad genre of romantic fiction in a positive way.
The ten categories for this year were as follows: The Romantic Bookseller of the Year, Inclusion Award, Indie Champion of the Year, Library or Librarian of the Year, Indie Editor of the Year, Cover Designer of the Year, Narrator of the Year, Media Star of the Year, Agent of the Year, and Publisher and/or Editor of the Year.
The awards have been held for the past eight years and are highly respected in the UK publishing industry. The finalists were nominated by the full and probationary membership of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, with a panel of independent judges selecting the shortlists and winners. This year’s awards were sponsored by ProWritingAid, a manuscript editing software programme with in-app video learning for writers.
Laura James, the RNA Industry Awards organiser, said, ‘Congratulations to the 2022 RNA Industry Awards winners. Thank you for your love, passion and continued support for romantic fiction.’
Sue Moorcroft, Head Judge for the RNA Industry Awards, commented, ‘With such a wonderful set of shortlists it was always certain that the judges of this year’s Industry Awards would return an outstanding list of winners. Choosing between excellent candidates was an exacting task and I enjoyed being a part of the stimulating discussion around each and every nomination. My thanks to my fellow judges for the hard work and detailed research that went into the selection process, and to Laura James and Melanie Griffiths from the RNA for their efficient organisation. They made my job easy. Most of all – congratulations to the winners of these wonderful awards!’
Hayley Milliman, Head of Education at ProWritingAid, added her congratulations. ‘The entire team at ProWritingAid would like to congratulate the winners of the 2022 RNA Industry Awards! We know that your work is essential to finding, editing, and sharing powerful stories. We are so thrilled to celebrate you and the books that you’ve helped bring to the world.’
The winners of the ten awards were announced during the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Winter Party and Industry Awards ceremony, which was held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City on Friday 11th November 2022. Regency Romcom author Virginia Heath compèred the ceremony, Hayley Milliman from ProWritingAid presented the Indie Champion of the Year award, and the RNA’s Chair, Jean Fullerton, presented the remaining awards.
The categories and winners are as follows:
The Romantic Bookseller of the Year
Amy Richards, Words & Kisses
Indie Champion of the Year
Library or Librarian of the Year
Sharon Whitehouse, Dudley Libraries, GLL
Indie Editor of the Year
Emily Shelton Poole, Midnight Owl Editors
Cover Designer of the Year
Lucy Murphy, Cover Ever After
Narrator of the Year
Media Star of the Year
Anne Williams, Being Anne
Agent of the Year
Hannah Schofield, LBA
Publisher and/or Editor of the Year
Sara-Jade Virtue, Simon & Schuster UK