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Winners Announced for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards

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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 

Inclusion Award

Rebecca Slorach 

Indie Champion of the Year

Clare Flynn 

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 

Helen McAlpine

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

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