I was on vacation in sunny Aruba for two weeks (perhaps more to come on that!) when I got a wonderful email from the RWA.
I've been chosen for this year's Vivian Stephens Industry Award!
In addition to the RITA and Golden Heart author/book awards (to be announced today!), the RWA gives a couple of other awards at their ceremonies to booksellers, librarians, members of RWA, authors, media and so forth.
"The RWA Vivian Stephens Industry Award is presented to one or more professionals in the romance-publishing industry, who is not a writer, who has contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner." (as per the RWA site).
It's not given every year, and so is a very special honor. I'm in with some great company on the list of former recipients!
So I'll definitely be celebrating in NYC at this year's RWA National award.
And thanks to everyone who has been congratulating, commenting and supporting me now and all these years.
I'm very happy!