Last night, Lori Perkins was the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Agent of the Year. I can’t even begin to say how happy I am to see Lori win this. She’s nurtured more authors, started more careers, and sold more books than I can count. And she did this all as a single mother who now has a son in his first year of college. I know first hand how hard Lori has worked and still works. It’s often said that talent and hard work usually win out in the end. And in this case, they certainly did. Below is a post I just pilfered from Lori’s blog with the speech she gave to accept the award. I’m just sorry I couldn’t be there last night when she won.
Golden Apple Awards
This evening, I was given the Golden Apple Award from the New York Chapter of the Romance Writers of America as Agent of the Year. It is quite an honor.
Below is the speech I made:
“I am so honored to be given this award tonight. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.
As many of you know, I have been a literary agent for two decades, where I really started as an agent of horror fiction. I am responsible for the sale of more than 250 vampire novels, and many of them have been romances, although we didn’t call them that years ago.
About 10 years ago, we started calling love with the proper vampire ‘paranormal romance’. The romance community truly embraced me, and my writers and junior agents, and made us all feel loved.
I was also an agent of erotic fiction written primarily by women,. They too were taken in by the romance community and you will find many of my authors writing erotic romance happily ever after because they now have a much larger readership.
I am thrilled to be part of this amazing community that continues to grow and support each other, as well as other writers. And this RWA chapter is a dynamic force in this incredible universe.
Thank you so much for this award.”
The Golden Apple Award, which fits perfectly in the open palm, is truly one of the most stunning awards out there. Mine has already found its place at the center of my living room table!