When I first heard of my RITA finals, RWA asked us to supply a couple of newspaper contacts to send press release information. I sent in my hometown paper, and a family member let me know they added a nice little blurb in “Arts & Books” about the finals:
Kelly Parra Novel Finalist For Romance Awards
Romance Writers of America has announced local author Kelly Parra’s novel “Graffiti Girl” has been named as a finalist in the Best First Book and Young Adult Romance categories of the 2008 RITA awards.
The RITA, the romance publishing industry’s highest award of distinction, recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.
That was a nice little discovery!