Winning a RONE Award & the 2015 InD’Scribe Con by Beth Carter

This fall I attended the 2015 InD’Scribe Reader & Author Con in Palm Springs. This was a jam-packed three-day event for authors and readers. It was an amazing conference and also where the coveted RONE awards were held.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to win the RONE award for my debut novel, THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS. I sat in the audience, watched all the other winners go to the podium, and about halfway through the evening (shiver), I noticed they were giving acceptance speeches. What? I raised my eyebrows and looked at my husband. “They’re giving speeches! I didn’t know they gave speeches.” Still, I relaxed in my chair and cheered fellow authors on as they were escorted to the stage by handsome romance cover models. Sigh. I mean. Come on. It was a romance conference, after all. The masters of ceremonies were TJ MacKay, founder of InD’Tale Magazine; and Catherine Bybee, NYT bestselling author. The keynote speaker was Anne Perry. Her accent alone held me captive. I was thinking maybe they had forgotten about the “Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit” category. After nearly two hours, the ceremony was winding down and there wasn’t any mention of the women’s fiction novels. I was a nervous wreck and sat riveted, unable to move. My category was the last one of the evening. When they announced my name, I about fell out of my chair. I walked slowly to the podium (no, not because of the hunky model–well, maybe a little) but because I was trying to figure out what to say!

I highly recommend InD’Scribe Reader & Author Con. It was an exhilarating experience complete with professional workshops, book signings, author luncheons, bar chats, dances, parties, great food, and much more.

Beth Carter on the RONE red carpet 2015.

Beth Carter on the RONE red carpet 2015.

By the way, RONE is pronounced “Rone-y” like Grammy or Emmy. The award ceremony was a festive, dressy affair complete with a red carpet, photos, cover models, and entertainment. This year’s entertainment was provided by a guitarist and a Prince/Michael Jackson impersonator (one in the same). Several hundred authors and readers attended the conference in California. I met authors from many states and other countries–Canada and England, in particular. I also got to meet four fellow Soulies: Alina K. Field, Darcy Flynn, Susan James Berger, and Janna Shay. Unfortunately, I have a new phone and am having major issues with it so I can’t show you their pretty faces, but trust me, we had a great time!

For those who aren’t familiar with the RONE voting process, it is three-fold. The first tier is based on reviews. Authors must receive a four-star rating or higher. The second phase is public voting. Basically, your fans and friends vote for their favorite authors. IF you make it through that round, you become a finalist. The third phase is judging by industry professionals. One NYT bestselling author told me it’s harder to get a RONE than a RITA by RWA. I wouldn’t know since this is all new to me. I can tell you that it’s a humbling honor and I was pleased that several Soulies were awarded Honorable Mention this year.

Cover model Michael Foster with Beth Carter

Cover model Michael Foster with Beth Carter

Did I mention there were cover models?! Here’s the proof. Hubba. Hubba. You should have seen my husband’s reaction when he saw this photo! He actually stole my camera when my back was turned and had someone take a photo of him fake choking the model! In another photo, hubby unbuttoned his shirt and opened it Superman-style while they both held their fists in the air. Michael loved it. Paybacks are, you know… There were several models in attendance–mostly male, and Michael Foster (above) appears on some SMP covers. Now, I know you’ll attend the 2016 conference which will be held in Burbank next year!

Debut Novel and RONE 2015 Winner

Debut Novel and RONE 2015 Winner

Go forth and submit your 2015 novels for review. Here’s hoping several Soulies bring home the RONE in 2016! Thank you for reading, reviewing, and voting for THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS. This has been a magical year thanks to you. All of my titles are on my Amazon author page at

About Beth Carter

Multiple award-winning novelist and children's book author. Former bank VP and hospital PR director turned pajama-wearing writer. Find me online or at Starbucks where I'll be writing while sipping a skinny vanilla latte. If I'm not there, it's possible I'm at T.J. Maxx. Happy reading! 2017 Raven Award Runner-Up for Favorite Contemporary - SLEEPING WITH ELVIS; 2015 RONE Winner and 2015 Best Debut Author - THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS.
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6 Responses to Winning a RONE Award & the 2015 InD’Scribe Con by Beth Carter

  1. WOW! Congratulations Beth, such an honor! Not to mention the cover hunk, great pic!
    Best Tema,
    Writing as Belle Ami
    The One (The Only One) #1
    The One & More (The Only One) #2
    Coming 2016 – One More Time is Not Enough (The Only One) #3
    Twitter: @BelleAmi5

    • Beth Carter says:

      Thank you for commenting, Tema! I was humbled and am still walking on air. Yes, about the hunky model and he’s such a nice guy! Side note: His beautiful girlfriend watched and encouraged me to get closer so she could take a pic with my camera! Yikes. Funny and uncomfortable.

  2. Jan Morrill says:

    Congratulations, Beth! I would have loved to see you win! (And pose with that model!) (And see hubby watch you with that model!) 😄

  3. suzantisdale says:

    You were stunning! 😀 So very happy for you and I’m so glad that I was able to meet you. Can’t wait to see you next year!!!

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