The long list of 22 books have been released for the coveted "Romance Novel of the Year 2009" given out annually by the Romantic Novelists' Association. 156 books were submitted. The 22 books will be whittled down to a short list on January 13, 2009. A panel of 80 readers from all over the country, from the ages of 20 to 70, read the 156 books and select the longlist. A special panel of RNA members reduces the list to 6 and then the shortlist is given to 3 judges. This year, the 3 judges are Alice O'Keeffe, Books Editor at Bookseller, Fanny Blake, Books Editor of Woman & Home, and Peter Crawshaw who runs Lovereading.co.uk.
I would love to see something like this from the RWA, a reader supported annual book of the year. That's an award I could really get behind.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com