Friday, September 17, 2010

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!

8 comments:

Jan Kozlowski said...

Congratulations, Lori! Much deserved!

Rebecca Leigh said...

Congrats, Lori! You deserve it!!

One of my guilty pleasures is the real housewives series and in the NY version the ladies held a golden apple. Is that what it looks like?

Dana Fredsti said...

Congrats, Ms. Perkins!!!

ryan field said...

Congratulations, Lori. You've worked hard to achieve this.

Cathleen Ross said...

Congratulations. I am so proud of you.
Best
Cathleen

kimberly steele said...

Wow, congratulations on your award! 250 is a lot of vamp novels, damn~ you must really love the genre!

Aspiring to Greatness said...

Congratulations on the stunning acheivement! Perhaps when I get my 'paranormal romance' book completed you will get the chance to represent my work, if you should deem it venerable enough!

Draven Ames said...

Congratulations on winning such a prestigious award in your field. Looking back at the vampire boom, we can certainly thank you for a lot of it. I am surprised that no one has said thank you yet. This is so much bigger than a birthday.

You have lived a life many of us dream for, even if we have rose colored glasses.

Twisted dreams,

Draven Ames