July 13, 2020

There is something fishy in the state of (historical romance) Denmark, and I feel compelled to let people know about it.

Scrolling through Instagram the other day, I saw an article by @bellabreenbooks about racism in the Regency era published to the blog Austen Authors, and I saved it so I could go back to read the blog entry when I had more time.

A few days later, when I remembered my saved post, I was met with an error 404: page not found. Turns out, the Austen Authors admins had removed Bella’s post because it was a “controversial” “hot bu...

June 6, 2020

As more and more companies and publishing-related businesses began to make statements in support of the national Black Lives Matters protests spreading throughout the country, Romance Writers of America (RWA) released an announcement to its membership late Friday in support of the protests. The statement said, in part,  “That our authors from marginalized communities, especially our Black authors, have been treated as somehow less deserving of a seat at the table of publishing. We must admit and learn from this shameful past, while standing...

May 22, 2020

In a surprise move, yesterday the Romance Writers of America Board of Directors announced the introduction of a brand-new award, The Vivian, “named after RWA founder Vivian Stephens, whose trailblazing efforts created a more inclusive publishing landscape and helped bring romance novels to the masses.”

Equally surprising, RWA announced that they would be ending their annual RITA Awards, which had been perceived as the Oscars of romance writing, but had recently been tarnished by its non-inclusiveness over its 30 year history. The RITA awar...

April 4, 2020

Days after taking office, the newly elected board of directors of the Romance Writers of America issued an apology to Courtney Milan, an author and former board member, who was inappropriately censored in December 2019.  The organization also issued an apology to its membership for the month-long escalating unprofessional behavior that resulted in the entire board of directors and staff quitting in a very public and messy upheaval.

The new board sent out an email notice of apology to all of its members, as well as posted the entire message o...

March 25, 2020

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) held online elections for a completely new board of directors, including a new president, after the chaotic winter avalanche of bad decisions that resulted in almost all its board members either resigning voluntarily or by force over issues of racism and poor management. The results were announced on March 24th.

Best-selling author Alyssa Day, a former trial lawyer and the author of 45 novels, was elected president unopposed. Addressing her ne...

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