London … here I come!
I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to London, where I had the opportunity to meet other members of the Choc Lit team who help make the independent publisher so successful in women’s fiction. Many of them were fellow authors who I had come to know in the virtual world of the internet, so it was great to meet them face-to-face for the first time and chat without having to type the words first.
The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Winter Party and Industry Awards followed shortly afterwards. Authors of romantic fiction came from far and wide to meet …old friends, make new ones and celebrate. The awards presented were in recognition of those people who have made a significant contribution to the success and sales of romantic fiction. The winners were as follows:-
Agent of the Year was awarded posthumously to Carole Blake, of Blake Friedmann, whose sudden death in October shocked the book industry.
Bookseller of the Year went to Goldsboro Books’ Managing Director, David Headley
The Media Star was presented to Kim Nash, Publicity and Social Media Manager at Bookouture
Best Adaptation of a Novel was awarded to Jojo Moyes for the film Me Before You
Publisher of the Year was won by Oliver Rhodes, Managing Director and Publisher, Bookouture.
To read more about the awards, please click HERE.
However, for me the trip was about meeting the Choc Lit team, making new friends, catching up with old ones and building a stash of fond memories. Although how long those memories will last can be anyone’s guess as my memory can be rather shocking at times … particularly when I have enjoyed a few glasses of wine as I did at the R.N.A. Winter party.