BREAKING NEWS – RNA INDIE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD

I’m super thrilled to announce that I’ve been shortlisted for the inaugural ‘INDIE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR AWARD 2021′ by the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

I’ve been blogging for quite some time but some of my newer followers might not know the story behind my writing journey. So I thought it might be a good idea to bring you all up to date. If you’d like to learn more about the award, here’s a link to the article in The Bookseller.

This link takes you to the RNA blog and more information.

Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award has given me a chance to reflect on what – to date – has been a wonderful career as an author. I am grateful for the fabulous friendships I have made throughout this journey, hopefully helping and inspiring others to achieve their publishing dream too.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer of romantic fiction. Being an indie author works for me as it gives me the opportunity to work at a pace which suits me. Going it alone, without the backing of a publisher/agent has been challenging at times and I wouldn’t have come this far without the expertise and generous support of the Romantic Novelists’ Association at local and national level. I was one of the first full members of the ‘Independent’ arm of the RNA and, with a little help from my friends, have gone on from strength to strength, learning all the time.

This support has spurred me to write and publish six novels with the seventh currently underway. Here are some photos I thought I would share with you.

I’ve never been a ‘lonely in a garret’ type and embraced the notion of networking with and learning from other writers early on. I joined the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and formed the Leicestershire & Rutland Chapter – the Belmont Belles and Beaux – with June Kearns almost fifteen years ago. From a standing start we now have 63 members and as part of our ethos of being inclusive and sharing our experiences, we have organised and hosted a range of events including talks from:

  • Bestselling authors: Carole Matthews, Cathy Bramley, Sue Moorcroft and Louise Jensen
  • Workshops & writing groups
  • Plus ‘sharing-knowledge’ events featuring invited book bloggers/agents & publishers and other publishing technicians.
RNA writers meeting in my garden at the end of a workshop which I organised.
The writer on the back row in the kingfisher blue cardigan is Sarah Houldcroft of Goldcrest Books who formats my books and uploads them on to Amazon.
Highly recommended.

Nearly ten years ago along with June, Adrienne and Mags I co-founded an indie publishing group – New Romantics Press. To date we have published a total of 15 books between us – many of which have won awards for romantic fiction. 

I’ve written and published six novels, with no 7 well underway. Of those, Scotch on the Rocks and Girl in the Castle have been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize with Harper’s Highland Fling and Bootcamp Bride and Take Me, I’m Yours becoming #1 in their genre on  the Amazon charts. I am very proud of my achievements and still think back to the heady days when I published Tall, Dark and Kilted and reflect how much publishing has changed since then.

I was a primary school teacher for 34 years and am happy that I’ve been given the chance to help others achieve their publishing dream. Once a teacher, always a teacher – right?

Photo by Julia M Cameron on Pexels.com

So, to conclude this blog pots, I’ve booked the train, bought the ticket and reserved a room for October 28th – the night of the ceremony. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to see how I get on. In the meantime I’ve got a new novel to write, currently standing at 40:110k words. Is it set in Scotland / does it feature a new hot hero in a kilt? You bet it does.

Have a great weekend and enjoy reading my blog. Please leave a comment if you have time. It’s always refreshing and inspiring to hear from my followers. All the best –

About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which our books are published. I have published six books since 2012, the latest being Harper's Highland Fling. I am currently working on #7 which I hope to publish in 2022. In the meantime, do check out my Amazon page: viewAuthor.at/LizzieLamb and click 'FOLLOW' to keep up to date with me and my news.

Posted on October 9, 2021, in Lizzie's Scribbles and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on New Romantics Press and commented:

    So thrilled to share this news with my followers and friends —–

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  2. Fabulous blog, Lizzie. You are a TOTAL inspiration, and I would not be a published author today without you. Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful memories, and great pictures! It has been the most fabulous journey … and I can feel a glorious new phase just about to begin as we sail into our tenth year as an unstoppable TEAM!

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  3. Reblogged this on Adrienne Vaughan and commented:
    Fabulous blog, Lizzie. You are a TOTAL inspiration, and I would not be a published author today without you. Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful memories, and great pictures! It has been the most fabulous journey … and I can feel a glorious new phase just about to begin as we sail into our tenth year as an unstoppable TEAM!

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  4. Congratulations, Lizzie. I’ve only met you a few times but you are always generous with your help and advice. A well deserved nomination and all the best for the 28th!

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    • Hi Sally, thank you for your lovely comment. I find that helping fellow authors is second nature for me. I hope I’m lucky on the 28th, if not I’ll enjoy the event.

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  5. A lovely post Lizzie, and so pleased to hear of your nomination. Crossing fingers for the 28th and will catch up with you in early November xx

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  6. Thanks for popping over and leaving a comment Jo. I’m looking forward to the event, no matter the outcome. No doubt I’ll have lots to tell you in November !!

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  7. Massive congratulations, Lizzie! I am so happy for you and will be cheering from here. You truly are an inspiration and a great friend. Best of luck! xx

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  8. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. You are a wonderful writer and mentor to authors. I am so grateful of your support and encouragement and your ‘can do’, no nonsense approach. This nomination is well over due and you deserve to celebrate for the rest of the year. Whatever the outcome, it is brilliant to receive this accolade and to be celebrated in the national press. In the words of Queen, you are the champion!!!

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    • Thank you for your lovely words, Jessie. As you say: whatever the outcome it’s brilliant to receive this accolade. And writing this blog has reminded me how easy it is, after all. Thank you.

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  9. So inspiring to hear how you have worked so hard and persevered for fifteen years, now that’s what I call passion and dedication! Congratulation on your award, totally deserved.
    I love your novels 😊👍❤️

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    • Hi for this and thank you very much for your comment. Been having a bit of trouble with my computer this afternoon so my original message seem to have disappeared! Thank you so much

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  10. Hi Phyllis, thanks for joining us ! I would love you to design the cover for my next novel as your art work is out of this world. I had to wait a long time before I could start writing seriously, I hope your turn to shine comes soon.

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  11. michele20@sky.com

    Dearest Lizzie, Iv just been reading your email and had to congratulate you on, well everything really. You are a wonderful person Lizzie, not only a fantastic author and friend, but such an inspiration to one and all. Your my hero, for all you’ve done through your life and achieved. I’m so honoured to say I know you and we’re friends, even though not often in touch. 💖 Iv not been around much since July when had my eye proceedures done, finally after a year of having to wait due to COVID. Had infections, blurred vision, couple of bleeds and unfortunately depression. It’s been a hard time, quite a lot of serious illness amongst my family and still ongoing, my daughter being the worst affected. Iv not been able to read as much as would like, but having my Kindle is my saviour with being able to change the font sizes when I’m able to read. I was brought up on books and still cherish reading. Anyway Iv bored you enough.Hope you and Dave have a lovely evening.Lots of love Shelly xx💖💕💖

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    • Dear Shelley, thank you for coming onto my blog. I know you’ve had awful trouble with your eyesight over the last few years. The fact that you have persevered with your kindle shows your strength of character. I’m glad that I have been in some small way a friend and an inspiration. I’m sorry to learn that your family is going through a bad time, I think everyone Has suffered over the last few years. You haven’t bored me at all 😗. I just wish that when I caught up with Katie in the spring you could’ve been there too. ((Hugs))

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  12. Astrid Bennett Claas

    Lovely summary of your writing journey Lizzie! Wishing you continuous success with your books and I hope you will win on the 28th – you
    most certainly deserve it – not only for writing but also for your continuous presence on social media and by sharing your life with all of us. Through your writing we met and I am very grateful for that- also you and Adrienne enabled me to become a ‘non writing’ member of the Belmont Belles and Beau which means a lot to me. Thank you for your friendship 💕

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    • Hi Astrid, you are a very welcome member of the BB&Bs. As an artist you understand the creative process only too well. I value your friendship and all the support you show me and other members of the BB&Bs (and I know I speak for Adrienne and June, too).

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  13. Absolutely mind-blowing, Lizzie! The award is clearly so well deserved. As a hybrid, I know how much work it takes to go independent and I salute you for your dedication and perseverance. So well done!!!

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    • Hi Elizabeth, so kind of you to pop along and leave a comment. I must admit that my enthusiasm tends to wane from time to time then I get another burst of energy and off I go again. Good luck with all of your writing endeavours, too.

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  14. Fabulous, Lizzie. Congratulations and good luck to the next stage. You deserve it!

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  15. This is fantastic, Lizzie. The awards seem to be rolling in for you at the moment. Many congratulations!

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    • Your blog post seems to have set the ball rolling, Sheila. Long may it last. Being interviewed for my local radio station this coming Wednesday. A first for me!

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  16. Congratulations Lizzie. You’re an inspiration. Fingers crossed for the award. It’s a fantastic Blog. Love the photographs with Adrienne, Mags and June. xxx

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  17. Fantastic news, Lizzie – and so well deserved!!!
    As well as producing your own fab reads, you’ve always been brilliant about championing other people. That’s as well, of course, as running a lively and ever-growing RNA chapter and flying that Indie flag!!!.
    Mega Congratulations!!!

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    • Many thanks June but I don’t underestimate the role my friends and fellow writers have played in keeping me going. Your good self included. It’s reassuring to know that you and Adrienne are just a phone call away.

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  18. Congratulations on being a finalist for these fabulous awards. You are such a champion and inspiration for indie authors and it’s wonderful to see this acknowledged. Wishing you all the best at the Awards ceremony later this month xx

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    • Hi Jessica, I was just checking back through my post and found this one from you. Talk about the one that got away !! I know that you started out as an indie author but are now a star in the Boldwood firmament – and well deserved too. I hope I’ll see you at an RNA gathering one day before long.

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  19. michele20@sky.com

    —– Forwarded message —– From: michele20@sky.com To: Lizzie Lamb – author Sent: Saturday, 9 October 2021, 17:49:42 BSTSubject: Re: [New post] BREAKING NEWS – RNA INDIE HERO AWARD Dearest Lizzie, Iv just been reading your email and had to congratulate you on, well everything really. You are a wonderful person Lizzie, not only a fantastic author and friend, but such an inspiration to one and all. Your my hero, for all you’ve done through your life and achieved. I’m so honoured to say I know you and we’re friends, even though not often in touch. 💖 Iv not been around much since July when had my eye proceedures done, finally after a year of having to wait due to COVID. Had infections, blurred vision, couple of bleeds and unfortunately depression. It’s been a hard time, quite a lot of serious illness amongst my family and still ongoing, my daughter being the worst affected. Iv not been able to read as much as would like, but having my Kindle is my saviour with being able to change the font sizes when I’m able to read. I was brought up on books and still cherish reading. Anyway Iv bored you enough.Hope you and Dave have a lovely evening.Lots of love Shelly xx💖💕💖

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  20. Hi Shelley I am not in the least bored. I’m so glad that you can still read via Kindle. It’s been a lifeline to anyone with sight problems. I hope that when my next novel comes out you’ll be in a position to download and read it. Thank you for being with me on this journey.

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