I’m once again honored and privileged to share the success of the authors in the Capital Region RWA chapter. We had another fantastic year in 2015. I’m truly amazed at this hard-working group. Most of our forty members reached some goal for the year, whether it was word count, attending the National Conference in New York City, or publishing their first book. I couldn’t be more proud.
Our word count totals were truly amazing. Collectively, we wrote over two million words from January to December. Forty percent of our writers individually penned over a hundred thousand words—a remarkable accomplishment for anyone. Seventy percent of the group completed a manuscript. Two of our members, Jenna Kendrick and Kari W Cole joined the PRO community, and two, Autumn Jones Lake and Marie Lark joined PAN.
Fifty-three percent of members had new book releases—actually eleven contracts were signed and nineteen books were released. Yes, nineteen.
Check out these covers!
|Thomasine Rappold’s debut novel, The Woman Who Lived Again, was published in November. Congratulations to her on this achievement.|
|Jenna Kendrick also had a debut shorty story, Make Me Believe, released this year. Congrats, Jenna!|
|Rebecca Grace Allen released her first full-length novel, His Contract, this year. She also released a novella, The Hierarchy of Needs, in July 2015.|
Jeanette Grey had a great year, releasing three books including her premier paperback, Seven Nights of Surrender. Through the Static and When the Stars Align also were published this year.
|Marie Lark released her third book, Third Take is the Charm, in August this year.|
|Autumn Jones Lake had two books released this year, Tattered on My Sleeve and Strength from Loyalty. She also contributed to two anthologies, Rev the Engine and Pink: Sexy and Hot for a Cure.|
|Jean C Gordon had two titles released this year—a Christmas tale, Holiday Homecoming, and Winning the Teacher’s Heart. Both books are part of her Donnelly Brothers series.|
|Cara Connelly released the contemporary romance novel The Wedding Band and the novella The Wedding Gift, and also self-published her first book, the Golden Heart winning prequel to her Save the Date series, Ready to Rock.|
|Glen Ebisch released his sixteenth book, The Bad Actor, in July.|
|Julie Lomoe, one of our newer members, released her book, Hope Dawns Eternal this year.|
|KA Mitchell’s latest title—her twentieth book–Put a Ring on It came out in September.|
In other news, our own Anna Bowling also had a stellar writing year. She sold over twenty-five articles, twenty-three of which were about the romance writing industry.
Last but not least, Kari W. Cole cleaned up with contests this year. She won the Daphne du Maurier in both the paranormal category and overall. She also won the Paranormal category for Toronto Chapter’s The Catherine, achieved second place in the Chicago North Chapter’s Fire & Ice and Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland Rocks.
Congratulations to all our authors listed here and those too shy to share their accolades. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this chapter. Happy writing!
Christine Dreidel, CRRWA President