>RWA Decides Who’s Pubbed

>From Elizabeth Parker’s blog via the Romance Divas:

http://elizparker.wordpress.com/2007/07/11/news-from-rwa-conference/

reprinted here but written by Elizabeth Parker:

The Board of Romance Writers of America met this morning and just released their new decisions. The women on Romance Divas are now discussing them.

Here’s the gist of it:

For PAN (Published Author Network), RWA is shutting out any publisher that uses their own website as the primary means of sale, any publisher that hasn’t had national distribution for a minimum of 3 years, and any publisher that doesn’t pay $1,000 advances.

There will be no erotic romance category for the Golden Heart or the Rita Awards.

This is, in effect, excluding all erotic romance e-publishers and most erotic romance authors from PAN and the awards. A huge statement that will affect many authors. (Current members of PAN, like me, are grandfathered and can remain members.)

Boy, are people mad! It’s a real slap in the face to many, many romance authors. The fall-out is going to be huge.

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