RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards

Saturday October 6th, 2018

RONE Awards

Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award. To achieve this award, a book  must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus.


All books in each given year (January 1st - December 31st) must have been read and reviewed by our professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.  All nominees, with the exception of 5 star rated books which will automatically become finalists, must then be voted on by the reading public.  The books with the highest number of public votes will progress on to become finalists.  The finalists will then be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and be judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc.   Those scores will then be tallied by a professional company unrelated to InD’tale or its employees to determine the winner of the coveted RONE award, along with the honorable mentions.

All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!

RONE Cover Awards

Along with the Book awards, InD’tale Magazine also honors the very best in book cover design by awarding the prestigious RONE award.  It, too, is one of the most comprehensive in the publishing industry.  To achieve it, a cover must first be picked by InD’tale’s art department from the hundreds of covers submitted each month to become one of 12 monthly nominees. These nominees are then voted on by the reading public.  From those votes the finalists are chosen and sent to a panel of qualified art and design industry professionals to judge on specific elements that make a cover attractive and effective.  The judges scores are then tallied and the overall award for Best Cover Design is presented.

2018 RONE Awards Finalists

2017 RONE Awards Winners

2016 RONE Awards Winners

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