Romantic Novelists' Association

The Alliance Of Independent Authors (ALLI) – Finalist In The Indie Champion Of The Year Category

19 October 2022

Picture of Orna Ross, woman in black top with dark glasses and short gray hairThe Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has been shortlisted in the Indie Champion of the Year category for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s annual Industry Awards for 2022. The awards celebrate the hard work and talent of any person, group or organisation who has championed the broad genre of romantic fiction in a positive way, with the Indie Champion award recognising a person, group, organisation, association or company who has made an outstanding contribution to indie romance publishing.

The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is a professional business membership organisation for self-publishing authors. As a non-profit, they provide trusted advice, supportive guidance, and a range of resources within a welcoming community of authors and advisors. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in London, the organisation now has thousands of members worldwide. Its director and founder, Orna Ross, is a bestselling and award-winning independent novelist and poet. Her books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in more than 120 countries and won many awards. Her work for ALLi has seen her named one of the “100 most influential people in publishing” (The Bookseller).

Orna Ross, Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, commented, ‘All of us at the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) are honoured to receive this shortlisting for the RNA Indie Champion Award. We were thrilled to win the inaugural award in 2021 and are proud to be acknowledged again for our work on behalf of indie authors. The Romantic Novelists’ Association is itself a pioneering organisation in its support for self-publishing authors and ALLi is delighted to work closely with the RNA to advocate for writers and ensure they are aware of all their publishing options.’

Laura James, the RNA Industry Awards organiser, added, ‘I congratulate each and every finalist and thank them and the industry for the unwavering love they show writers and readers of romantic fiction.’

The awards have been held for the past eight years and are highly respected in the UK publishing industry. The finalists are nominated by the full and probationary membership of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, with a panel of independent judges selecting the shortlists.

The award categories are: The Romantic Bookseller of the Year, Inclusion Award, Indie Champion of the Year, Library or Librarian of the Year, Indie Editor of the Year, Cover Designer of the Year, Narrator of the Year, Media Star of the Year, Agent of the Year, and Publisher and / or Editor of the Year.

The winners of the ten awards will be announced during the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Winter Party and Industry Awards ceremony, which is being held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City, 8-14 Cooper’s Row, London EC3N 2BQ, on Friday 11th November 2022 at 6.30pm.

– ALLi is an international organisation with thousands of members all over the globe. Its membership make-up can be seen here
– ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Center recently topped the Writer’s Digest Top 10 publishing websites for authors.

– In her spare time, Orna enjoys yoga, chi walking, and wild swimming (or as they called it in Wexford when she was growing up: swimming!). She is forever grateful to Millennials and Gen Zs for making vegan food a fixture on today’s menus.

This year’s awards are sponsored by ProWritingAid, a manuscript editing software programme with in-app video learning for writers.