Independent publishers dominate Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers, with Choc Lit bagging three nominations.
Choc Lit titles The Thief’s Daughter by Victoria Cornwall, The Girl on the Beach by Morton Gray and House of Secrets by Lynda Stacey are all up for the prize which is run by the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Meanwhile fellow indie Accent Press boasts two books on the 11-strong shortlist: The Magic of Ramblings by Kate Field and Sitting Pretty by April Hardy. Other independent publishers have been nominated for the following three titles: Who Does He Think He Is? By Emily Kerr (Crooked Cat), Touched by Abbey MacMunn (Tirgearr Publishing), Castell’s Passion by Arabella Sheen (Beachwalk Press Inc).
Corporate publishers only make up three titles on the list: Perception by Terri Fleming, Jen Gilroy’s The Cottage at Firefly Lake (Grand Central’s romance imprint Forever, owned by Hachette Book Group) and How to Win Back Your Husband by Vivien Hampshire (HarperCollins’ imprint HQ Digital).