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