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With a few rare exceptions, authors who write with the intent to publish their books, either traditionally or through self-publishing, want to be taken seriously. When a reader says that your book is good, for an indie author, it’s a bit of a letdown. The book is either good, or it’s not. Classifying the praise minimizes it.

Some time ago, my cousin’s wife sent me a copy of an ad she saw on craigslist – a couple were looking to unload their hand-crafted BDSM playroom. This confused me. Why would she be sending me this? And that’s what I asked her.

“I know you read the Fifty Shades books,” was her answer, to which I replied, “I also read the Hannibal Lecter books. Want to come over for dinner Saturday?”

I’ll be the first to admit this and do so proudly: I read my book reviews. Every single one, on every single book. And no, I’m not a glutton for punishment.

As the RONE (Reward Of Novel Excellence) awards have grown to become one of the most prestigious awards in all Indie publishing, I am often asked what the name actually means, and how they came to be. So considering we have just announced another year’s winners of this coveted prize, I thought I’d take a minute and fill y’all in!

If you are traditionally published, indie published, or self published, good book reviews can propel your work into the reading stratosphere, garner you bestseller status, and make you a favorite choice of Reese’s Book Club. The opposite, unfortunately, holds true.