SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This year, five indie authors who have self-published their books using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) have been named winners of the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, which recognize excellence in published romance fiction. The winners were announced this week at the Romance Writers of America (RWA)’s annual conference in New York City.
All five writers were first-time RITA winners and two of the winners had multiple nominations, including Mia Vincy, who was nominated for her first novel.
This year, the RITA Award finalists included 23 independently published authors. The winners include:
- Elizabeth Dyer’s novel, Fearless, was awarded the Romance Writers of America 2019 RITA Award for Romantic Suspense. Two of her novels were nominated in this category this year.
- M. Malone’s novel, Bad Blood, was awarded the Romance Writers of America 2019 RITA Award for Romance Novella.
- Susannah Nix’s novel, Advanced Physical Chemistry, was awarded the Romance Writers of America 2019 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length.
- Kennedy Ryan’s novel, Long Shot, was awarded the Romance Writers of America 2019 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Long.
- Mia Vincy’s novel, A Wicked Kind of Husband, was awarded the Romance Writers of America 2019 RITA Award for Historical Romance: Long. This novel was also nominated for Best First Book.
“A big congratulations to Elizabeth Dyer, M. Malone, Susannah Nix, Kennedy Ryan and Mia Vincy,” said Charles Kronbach, Director of Independent Publishing Worldwide for Amazon. “We’re honored that these talented writers are choosing KDP to self-publish their novels and share their incredible stories with readers around the world.”
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