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Kara Isaac, J. Kenner, Kait Nolan, Stephanie Rowe and Lexi Ryan
recognized by Romance Writers of America for excellence in romance novels

(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Five indie authors have been named winners of Romance
Writers of America 2018 RITA Awards, which recognize excellence in
published romance fiction. All five authors published their books using
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). The winners were announced this week at
Romance Writers of America (RWA)'s annual conference.

"A big congratulations to KDP authors Kara Isaac, J. Kenner, Kait Nolan,
Stephanie Rowe and Lexi Ryan," said Charles Kronbach, Director of
Independent Publishing Worldwide for Amazon. "This is an incredible
achievement and we're honored that these talented writers are choosing
KDP to reach readers around the world with their remarkable work."

This year, the RITA Awards went to more KDP authors than ever before.
This year the winners were:

  • Kara Isaac's novel, Then There Was You, was awarded the Romance
    Writers of America 2018 RITA Award for Romance with Religious or
    Spiritual Elements. Isaac is a first-time RITA winner.
  • J. Kenner's novel, Wicked Dirty, was awarded the Romance
    Writers of America 2018 RITA Award for Erotic Romance.
  • Kait Nolan's novel, Second Chance Summer, was awarded the
    Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance:
    Short. Nolan is a first-time RITA winner.
  • Stephanie Rowe's novel, Hunt the Darkness, was awarded the
    Romance Writers of America 2018 RITA Award for Paranormal Romance.
    Rowe is a first-time RITA winner.
  • Lexi Ryan's novel, Falling Hard, was awarded the Romance
    Writers of America 2018 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Long.
    Ryan is a first-time RITA winner.

The 2018 RITA Award finalists included 26 independently published
authors, setting a new high for the number of indie authors recognized.

What is KDP?

In 2007, Amazon launched Kindle
Direct Publishing
(KDP) to empower authors to reach readers
worldwide while retaining their copyright and making up to 70% royalty
on their work. KDP offers a free, easy, and fast way to self-publish
eBooks and paperbacks. With KDP, the power of publishing is accessible
to authors worldwide, allowing a more robust and diverse set of voices
to share stories with a wider audience than ever before. Self-publishing
lets authors keep control, make more money and reach more readers.
Hundreds of thousands of authors have self-published on KDP. In fact, in
2017 thousands of independent authors earned more than $50k, with more
than a thousand surpassing $100k in royalties.

About Amazon

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competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational
excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping,
personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle
Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa
are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more
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