This is such an exciting time for indie (independent) authors! Week 2 of the reader portion of the 2016 RONE Awards begins today! What is a RONE? From the InD’Tale website:
‘Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award. To achieve this award, a book must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.
- All books in each given year (January 1st – December 31st) must have been read and reviewed by our professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.
- All nominees, with the exception of 5 star rated books which will automatically become finalists, must then be voted on by the reading public. The books with the highest number of public votes will progress on to become finalists.
- The finalists will then be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and be judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc. Those scores will then be tallied by a professional company unrelated to InD’tale or its employees to determine the winner of the coveted RONE award, along with the honorable mentions.
All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!’
In 2014, my book, Rowan’s Lady won for Best Historical Pre-Medieval Novel! As soon as my office is done, that puppy is going on my mantle! 😀
Each Monday, new categories are posted on the InD’Tale website. Reader voting is an extremely important to the RONE process. Books need votes in order to move on to the second round. Without reader votes, our books don’t move forward.
After all the votes are tallied, those books with the most votes move on to the second round where they are read and judged by professionals in the publishing industry. The book with the top score wins the RONE for that category. Winning a RONE is like winning a Grammy! 😀
This year, I have several books up for RONE’s: The With Dreams Only Of You Anthology (voting took place last week), Caelen’s Wife for Best Historical Pre-Medieval (April 25 – May 1), Saving Moirra’s Heart for Best Novella (May 16 – 22), and The King’s Courtesan for Best Historical Post-Medieval (May 23 – 29).
Some frequently asked questions:
Q: How do I vote? A: Just visit the InD’Tale Magazine Website by clicking here. You must be a subscriber to the magazine in order to vote. Don’t panic! It’s free, super easy, and they do not flood you with hundreds of emails a week. (One more reason I love the site!)
Q: Can I vote more than once? A: No. It is one vote per subscriber.
Q: When do we find out who moves on to the second round? A: Once all the votes are in and tallied.
Q: How long does voting last? A: 6 weeks. Each week they post new categories.
Q: Can I nominate a book? A: No. Only those books that were previously submitted to InD’Tale Magazine for a review and received a 4 or 5 star review are eligible.
Q: When do we find out who won? A: In October! None of us knows until the RONE awards ceremony that takes place on Saturday night during the InD’Scribe Author and Reader Conference!
Q: Can I attend the ceremony? A: YES! You can attend the entire conference if you want. Join us for a day or a week. (This is the most fun you’ll have at any conference!) Click here for more information.
I thank you all in advance for your kind support!