This is the exciting email I received yesterday:
Dear Joyce Holmes,
Because your book, Show No Weakness, received the high review rating of a 4 star or better, it has continued to the second, public voting phase for the 2012, RONE Awards. In this phase the readers will be narrowing down the contestants to 4 – 6 finalists in each genre by choosing the books they love best.
This is to inform you that your book’s genre is open for voting beginning tomorrow (Friday)! It will only be open for votes for exactly one week, so it is extremely important that you let all your friends and fans know! We would hate to think a superior quality book was lost only because people were unaware of the time limit, so we are including the link for voting so you can pass it along!
The finalists in this round will then be read and judged by a group of professionals in the industry to determine the very best in indie and small published books of 2012. They will then be awarded the prestigious RONE award, itself, at the formal ceremonies, August 9th, at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As you can tell, we at InD’Tale magazine went to extensive labor to create and present the most credible and prestigious award in the industry today. Our three round system of elimination covers every facet – highly reviewed, loved by fans, and critiqued by qualified judges. No other award system today begins to compare, making the RONE award the very highest of honors bestowed on a book in the publishing industry.
Thank you so much for submitting your wonderful book to InD’Tale magazine and good luck!
The InD’Tale Magazine staff
Because in this round the books are voted on by the public, I really need everyone’s help to get Show No Weakness to the third round where it can stand on its own merits in front of real judges. You’ll find Show No Weakness in the Best Contemporary – jocks, cops, cowboys category. The voting procedure is explained here: http://www.indtale.com/2012-rone-awards.
Thank you, everyone for your support and please share this info, if you’re so inclined.