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CONGRATS: Bushey book cover designer named as finalist in industry awards

 Published on: 23rd October 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Bushey resident has been named as a finalist in the Cover Designer of the Year category in Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) annual industry awards.

On October 10, the final shortlisted was announced, with Bushey’s Berni Stevens making the cut.

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.

After graduating from Art College, Berni worked first as a publicity designer and then as a book cover designer for major London publishers, before branching out as a freelance cover designer. She now works both for publishers and self-published authors, and to date has penned six published novels of her own.

She said: “Receiving the email informing me I’d been shortlisted for the RNA Cover Designer of the Year Award was a wonderful surprise. It’s fabulous to feel appreciated by my peers and friends who work in the same industry. And it is a great industry – so thank you all so much.”

RNA chair Jean Fullerton said: “We, the RNA, are so pleased to be able to celebrate with our publishing industry partners the many talented individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to romantic fiction.”

Berni now faces an anxious wait ahead of the RNA’s award ceremony, which will be held at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in London on Monday, November 13.

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