Friday, March 28, 2008

A fine romance

Romance Writers of America has announced its nominees for its annual RITA Awards. The golden statuette named after RWA's first president, Rita Clay Estrada, is awarded in a number of categories. What we are concerned with here are the Romantic Suspense Finalists. They are:

2008 RITA for Romantic Suspense Finalists
Die for Me by Karen Rose
Grand Central Publishing, Vision - (0446616915)
Karen Kosztolnyik, editor
Ice Blue by Anne Stuart
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA - (0778324788)
Margaret O'Neil Marbury, editor
Ice Storm by Anne Stuart
Harlequin Enterprises, MIRA - (0778325008)
Margaret O'Neil Marbury, editor
Prime Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin NEXT - (9780373881352)
Ann Leslie Tuttle, editor
Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan
Ballantine - (9780345495020)
Charlotte Herscher, editor
Traceless by Debra Webb
St. Martin's Press, - (0312942222)
Jennifer Weis, editor
White Heat by Cherry Adair
Ballantine/Ivy, - (978-0-345-47644-9)
Charlotte Herscher, editor

What I find so fascinating about this list is that not only are the publishers and ISBNs listed but the editor of each book is named. The editor? To hear some big-name writers tell it, their books come out full blown masterpieces -- editors have nothing to do with it. That the RWA acknowledges the writer's need for a good editor is worth an award in itself for the RWA.

Special note: Author Hank Phillippi Ryan received two nominations: the one for Romantic Suspense and one for Best First Book. Sadly, both of Ryan's books, Face Time and Prime Time, currently are listed as Permanently Out of Stock at the publisher. Both books were published less than a year ago. Go figure.

For all the nominations, go to:

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