Romance Writers of America Launches 2013 Award Finalists Online Series

Barbara Vey -- April 11th, 2013

Chat computer key.
To help the readers get to know the Rita Award nominees this year, RWA will be sponsoring a series of online events.  Think of it like the Academy Awards and how they let people see the movies before the awards ceremony.  You get to find out all about the books nominated, so you’ll have a chance to read the books before the awards are given out in July.

Here’s what the RWA has to say:

In an effort to connect America’s most popular romance writers with their fans across the world, Romance Writers of America® (RWA) is launching an 11-week series of interactive video chat events highlighting 2013 RITA Award finalist authors. Fans will have the unique opportunity to meet one another and ask their favorite authors questions face-to-face in an intimate online environment.
Rita Award
The series kicks off April 11 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST with RITA finalists in the Contemporary Single Title Romance category: Barbara Freethy, Barbara Hannay, Ruthie Knox, Kim Law, Roni Loren, Jill Shalvis, and Roxanne St. Claire.

To view a full schedule and to RSVP, please visit Follow RWA on Twitter @romancewriters (#RITAchat) during the chats.

The events are free to the public, and only 1,000 spots are available at each of the weekly events.

Each week, one lucky participant will win a copy of the books in that week’s spotlighted RITA category.

The RITA award categories are: Best First Book, Contemporary Single Title Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Long Contemporary Series Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, Paranormal Romance, Romance Novella, Romantic Suspense, Short Contemporary Series Romance, and Young Adult Romance.

Bottom Line:  Now no one will be able to say, “I’ve never heard of that book.”

3 thoughts on “Romance Writers of America Launches 2013 Award Finalists Online Series

  1. Stephanie Scott

    This is such a cool idea! the first one is tonight for contemporary romance. It looks like all you have to do is register (free) and then go to the website tonight for the live chat. I already registered and it was super easy. Again, free. And eventbrite sends an email reminder.

  2. Stephanie Scott

    So, FYI, I went online briefly last night for the first one. It’s very cool! It’s interactive so if your computer or laptop has a built in camera or webcam, you are live as well! Unfortunately my regular life required my attention and I could only see part of the chat, but it’s a very cool way to connect with the authors.

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