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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Authors of gay, lesbian and/or bisexual romance fiction

Bold Strokes Books, Inc. *new*

430 Herrington Road
Johnsonville, NY 12094
Web site: www.boldstrokesbooks.com

Acquisitions Editors:
Len Barot, acquisitions director
Jennifer Knight, acquisitions and development editor

Guidelines:
Please submit all queries to submissions@boldstrokesbooks.com. We review electronic submissions only using Microsoft Word® .doc or .rtf.

• Submit the entire manuscript in one file as an attachment
• Include a cover letter containing: A one-page plot synopsis (including the ending) with working title, category or genre, and word count; and a short author bio including contact and previous publication info, if any.
• For details on formatting and specifics of the various genre categories (word count, etc) visit: http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/publish.html

Response Time:
Averages 12 weeks

Currently Seeking:
Romance fiction with a lesbian, gay, or bisexual focus. Matinee Books Romances – fast, sharp reads of 45,000 to 55,00 words – emphasis on excitement, sexual attraction, drama, and fun. Bold Strokes Romances of 60,000 to 100,000 words, including contemporary and historical, intrigue, paranormal, and erotic romances.

Please Note:
Our titles feature protagonists or, in the case of ensemble casts, main characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered and storylines which are positive and affirming. A happy ending or promise of a positive future is required.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:24 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, July 28, 2007

New RWA Publisher Definition Issued on July 25, 2007

From RWA's website.

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At the request of members, the Board has re-visited the definitions of "Subsidy Publisher" and "Vanity Publisher." After considering the advice of legal and industry professionals, along with suggestions by our Publisher Recognition Task Force, the board met in a telephonic board meeting on July 25th and redefined the terms "Subsidy Publisher" and "Vanity Publisher" as follows:

"Subsidy Publisher" means any publisher that publishes books in which the author participates in the costs of production in any manner, including publisher assessment of a fee or other costs for editing and/or distribution. This definition includes publishers who withhold or seek full or partial payment or reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties, including payment of paper, printing, binding, production, sales or marketing costs.

"Vanity Publisher" means any publisher whose authors exclusively promote and/or sell their own books and publishers whose business model and methods of publishing and distribution are primarily directed toward sales to the author, his/her relatives and/or associates.

RWA’s mission is to promote the professional interests of career-focused romance authors through networking and advocacy. Advocacy is one of the main reasons RWA exists, and since advocacy is included in RWA's core purpose, mandated by the Bylaws, the Board cannot simply decide to stop advocating for the fair treatment of RWA's members.

Though we know some RWA members disagree, when determining whether a publisher is a Vanity Publisher, RWA believes it is important to look at distribution of books. When a publisher does not pay an advance and does not become involved with marketing and distribution, it is, in reality, acting as nothing more than a consignment dealer for the book. Providing this kind of service requires little or nothing of the publisher, and the responsibility to market the product and drive traffic to single distribution point falls upon the author. There is nothing two-sided about this kind of arrangement, no give and take where both sides involved incur risk and both stand to gain. In this situation the author incurs all of the financial risk in attempting to market a product.

On the other hand, if a publisher doesn't pay an advance, but is investing time, energy, and money to provide alternate means of distribution, the publisher is at least somewhat invested in the product. This investment moves this relationship away from a consignment arrangement and closer to a two sided publishing agreement where the author and publisher are crucial to one another. Some of the methods of national distribution that benefit an author are: Advertising in national trade or consumer magazines, wholesaler agreements, Amazon.com-type internet bookstore agreements, or national chain bookstore agreements to carry a publisher's titles. Also included are exhibiting at national and/or regional tradeshows and book fairs as well as advertising to readers.

Right now, publishing is changing daily. Companies are rising and falling with alarming speed, but it is the writers who are being hurt when a company goes under or fails to live up to promises. There are, of course, many stable and viable publishing companies who have become established in the past few years, but even with those companies RWA must continue to advocate for the fair and ethical treatment of its authors, as it has always done with long established publishers. RWA welcomes the addition of strong, viable publishers because any increase in reliable, reputable avenues of publishing is good for writers in general.

There will never come a time, however, when a writer can afford to assume any contract is good. It will always be the author's responsibility to read all the clauses, question the ones he/she doesn't understand, find out what the industry standard is, and only then, with full knowledge, make the decision to sign or not to sign. The hard truth is that a Vanity Publisher or Subsidy Publisher is not, in general, as favorable to the writer as an advance-paying non-Vanity Publisher or non-Subsidy Publisher. RWA is not here to determine who should sign or not sign any specific contract. That decision remains solely with the author. But in its role as advocate for its members, RWA must take a stand."
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Personally, the change in the definition of Vanity and Subsidy presses satisfies me. This opens up PAN to authors published by any publisher that does not fall under the Vanity/Subsidy umbrella, as long as they earn $1000 in sales, advance or royalties for one book. It also allows small press authors to enter the RITA. However, I believe it will not permit most small presses to send editors to RWA's national conference for free anymore, something of a loss. Overall, IMO, it's a step in the right direction.

Your opinions?

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

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Friday, July 27, 2007

Free Urban Fantasy Workshop for Writers!

Writing Urban Fantasy Q & A With Some of the Hottest Authors in the Genre

July 27th, 28th, and 29th at Romance Divas
Authors Attending:

Kelley Armstrong

Rachel Caine

Karen Chance

Shanna Swendson

Gena Showalter


Want to know how to write urban fantasy? Want to know how urban fantasy can range from dark to humorous? All you have to do is ask. Romance Divas is hosting a 3 day Q & A with some of the hottest names in the Urban Fantasy Genre. It will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 5:11 PM | 1 comments

Free resource for locating local venues for book signings

Thanks to a referral by a writing friend and fellow Diva (Eden Bradley), I stumbled upon a site called BookTour. It's free to sign up, and after you've filled out the short form to join, you can get listings of local book clubs, stores and conferences interested in hosting authors. VERY useful! I learned there's a huge sf/f conference here in Michigan every January, a local library looking for authors, and a Barnes and Nobles open to authors for signings.

http://booktour.com/

Enjoy!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:19 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Is It Ever Okay to Kill a Main Character?

Lately, I've seen articles on this topic in the RT magazine, posted on blogs, and discussed in romance book clubs. Why? It seems several authors have stuck their necks out, risking the ire of their readers by killing off main or recurring characters.

From the RT discussion board:

"I am so done with [Big Name Author] and the series, I'm never buying another book of hers again. I feel like getting rid of the books I have so I'm not reminded."

"I HATE THAT! Why do authors do that? "

" I just gave up another series because the male love interest got killed off. In fact, I didn't even finish the book. Why do they do this? I'M SO MAD!!"


Those are some STRONG opinions. Since I haven't read a series in which a character has been killed off, I'm pretty much neutral. But, I would love to hear both the pros and cons of killing off main characters. Why would an author consider such a risky move? What does she expect to accomplish? And as a reader, does it piss you off as much as the readers above?

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:43 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Call for Promo Goodies

Attention Authors!

We invite you to submit donations of promotional items that will be given away during the conference. In addition to books and traditional promotional items, we also welcome gift baskets and/or gift items that can be given away as door prizes or used in our raffles. Mail your promotional items to:


Aurrora Michelle Scott
7112 55th Place NE
Marysville, WA 98270

For more information, please contact the Goody Bag Chair . Additionally, as a portion of our raffle proceeds goes to DAWN , Domestic Abuse Women's Network of South King County, we encourage authors to consider donating a critique.


I'm very excited about this and really appreciate you spreading the word. Thanks so much!

Aurrora


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Available Today!


“Dirty Little Lies”

Buy from MBaM
Genre: ,

ISBN: 1-59998-563-2
Length: Novella
Price: 3.50
Publication Date: July 24, 2007
Cover art by Scott Carpenter

The destruction of a historical landmark sparks a treacherous chain of events…and Reed Harris’s life isn’t all that’s in jeopardy.

Tall, dark and sinfully seductive, Bain Kavanagh won’t stop until he gets his ex-fiancée, Reed Harris, back in his life and his bed. Danger and unbridled desire keep her there, for now. But with gun-toting treasure hunters thwarting their search for answers, Bain’s resolve, his strength and his love will be tested.

A sweet little old lady drags freelance writer Reed Harris into a world of dark intrigue. Not only does Reed have merciless killers chasing her heels, but one ruthless male pursuing her heart. Spurred on by a lifelong dream of becoming an investigative reporter, Reed casts aside caution to help Bain solve a deadly mystery. Unfortunately, she has no idea what she’s in for. It’ll take more than her sharp wits and a nail file to get her out of it.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, mild violence…and a man with a killer body.

Read An Excerpt Online


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Sunday, July 22, 2007

A Bit of Personal News


This past weekend, I became a first-time grandmother. Baby Morgan is four pounds, no ounces, and too cute for words.

My daughter, Morgan's mother, is recovering from a severe case of pre eclampsia. Healing prayers would be greatly appreciated.

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:25 PM | 2 comments

Friday, July 20, 2007

Michigan Lora Leigh/Colleen Gleason Fans!


We're hosting a book signing Saturday, July 21st from 2-4 at Paperbacks N Things. Wayne Rd. Westland! Woot! (phone number: 734-522-8018)

Get your copy of Colleen Gleason's Rises the Night or Lora Leigh's Hidden Agendas or Aiden's Charity.


As a special bonus, the store owner has contracted with the publisher to offer copies of Tanner's Scheme SATURDAY ONLY (The official release date is Aug. 7).

As always, we'll have desserts and soft drinks, and plenty of friendly, smiling faces.

Summing up:
Who: Lora Leigh and Colleen Gleason
Where: Paperbacks N Things, 8044 N. Wayne Rd. Westland MI (in the strip mall between Arby's and Wendy's)
When: Saturday, July 21 2-4pm

Hope to see you there!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:46 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Diva Shout-out or Two

Emily Ryan-Davis has a new e-mailing list wants you to be on it.



To join, email emily_ryandavis-subscribe@yahoogroups.

You’ll receive direct announcements of her new contracts, new releases, new book reviews, new chat appearances, new interviews, and new contests. All her, all the time. None of anybody else.

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Every Sunday ’til they’re gone, she’ll take all the week’s new members, put them in a hat (that pink Hello Kitty sun hat, as a matter of fact), draw a name, and draw a prize from the prize box.

For a complete prize listing, visit Emily's Web Site today!

Love

When Cameron Trent, a former high school all-star, comes home to deal with his father's death, he finds a much sweeter deal. Madison Hughes, the Cupcake Queen, hates Valentine's Day and thinks love songs are a joke. Will Cam change her mind?


For $1.50 you can't lose, go check it out at The Wild Rose Press

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Conflict of Interest?

Blogs are abuzzin' about RWA's national conference this past week. Yes, there's that whole Epubs-are-vanity-presses thing, but I'm not tackling that issue at the moment. I'm taking a look at the presence of bloggers/readers at the conference.

First, let me state I've NEVER attended RWA's national conference, so I have no firsthand knowledge of what goes on during the conference. I gather there are lots of writing workshops. An awards ceremony. And a bookfair.

Kate Rothwell has a very interesting post about RWA. Evidently, there were attending writers who felt uncomfortable about a couple of issues.

1. The attendance of readers, bloggers, reviewers, etc.


2. Writers dressing up as characters from their books during certain events.

Personally, as an author who has worn head-to-toe feathers at RT, I think the costume idea is very cool. I'd do it, and I'm not a svelte twenty-something. I choose my costumes carefully--hide the bad stuff and emphasize the good. Will it lead to publishers only signing hot little size 0 authors willing to stomp around a conference in thigh-highs and miniskirts? I doubt it. But will it (perhaps) give those daring authors an edge at a book fair? I imagine it might get them noticed. But will those short skirts help them sell books?

From Kate's blog:

But the promo thing...the bar is creeping up, ya know?

Show us what you can do and be for your books, publishers ask. Not just show us what you can write. Heck, what if something like those thigh-highs were your personal nightmare? That mean you couldn't write for the line? No, no, I don't mean Shomi, says Kate, nervous about getting herself banned from Dorchester. I'm just talking about some vague Future Publisher who starts to take it corporate instead of just individual fun. /end of my own mini-rant updated: It wasn't a publisher thing, okay? See Marianne's post in the comments section. (But some day it might be a publisher thing, right? Huh? Skeered yet? boo!!!! No?BOO!!! Now?)

And as far as non-writers attending...I say welcome them. Sure, RWA national could slowly evolve into something more reader-oriented if more readers and reviewers were to attend. But does that mean attending authors would lose something? Like I said, I've never been, so I'm asking an honest question.

Another quote from Kate's blog:

I just think the two should be kept separate. You want to have a time for authors to meet the press (or reviewers)—like the librarians thing or the booksellers thing, great. But being a part of everything just didn’t seem appropriate to me. Like a conflict of interest. It’s our conference and a time for us to discuss our industry. Just made me kind of uncomfortable. Of course, maybe those people were just there—not really attending the conference. In which case they can do whatever they want. They were just SO visible.


I'd love to hear any/all opinions.

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:53 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Drive-by Post

Hello all! Just popping in say "hi."

Today I won't be posting a full blown blog because it's a special day--my daughter's wedding. I'm happy for her. But also sad. Tonight, instead of being wisked off to some romantic getaway, she'll be heading home with us and her new husband will be rushed off to a hotel without her. He's in the Army, will be shipped out tomorrow for six months of training in another state.

But I will throw this bit of good news your way: I just signed the contract for Carnal Hunger! Yay!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:01 AM | 2 comments

Monday, July 16, 2007

Golden Heart/Rita Winners

Best Traditional Romance

Claiming His Family by Barbara Hannay, Harlequin Mills & Boon, Romance

Best Short Contemporary Romance

From The First by Jessica Bird, Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Special Edition

Best Long Contemporary Romance

The Mommy Quest by Lori Handeland, Harlequin Enterprises, Harlequin Superromance

Best Inspirational Romance

Revealed by Tamera Alexander, Bethany House Publishers

Best Romantic Novella

“‘Tis the Silly Season” in A NASCAR Holiday by Roxanne St.Claire, Harlequin Enterprises, HQN

Best Paranormal Romance

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole, Pocket Books, Star

Best First Book

The Husband Trap by Tracy Anne Warren, Ballantine

Best Short Historical Romance

The Book of True Desires by Betina Krahn, Berkley, Jove

Best Long Historical Romance

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn, Avon Books

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements

A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Jennifer Ashley writing as Laurien Gardner, Berkley

Best Romantic Suspense

Blackout by Annie Solomon, Warner Books

Best Contemporary Single Title Romance

Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer, Pocket Books, MTV Books

Golden Heart

Best Paranormal Romance - Black Jack by Jennifer Stark

Best Inspirational Romance - The Heart Beckons by Carla Hughes

Best Short Historical - The Lost Jewel by Debra Bess

Best Long Historical Romance - Sager’s Passion by Elaine Levine

Novel with Strong Romantic Elements - According to Jane by Marilyn Weigel

Best Romantic Suspense - Falling Into Darkness by Bronwyn Clarke

Best Contemporary Single Title - Romeo, Romeo by Robin Kawczynski


Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:48 AM | 1 comments

Friday, July 13, 2007

Not one, but two losses this week.

The romance fiction community has lost two talented authors this week: Kathleen Woodiwiss and Ronda Thompson.

From the Associated Press:

MINNEAPOLIS - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, a pioneer of the modern historical romance novel marked by strong heroines, detailed period settings and steamy sex scenes, has died, her family and publisher said Tuesday. She was 68.

Woodiwiss, whose first book “The Flame and the Flower” became an instant best seller in 1972, died Friday of cancer at a hospital in Princeton, Minn., said her son, Sean Woodiwiss.

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Thompson's death has apparently not been as widely reported on the internet. Details are sketchy at this point, but I read she died of pancreatic cancer.

Prayers to both authors' friends, family and many fans.

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude




posted by Tawny Taylor at 3:51 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, July 12, 2007

RWA's Revised PAN Requirements

RWA Hot Sheet
RWA Board Meeting
July 8-10, 2007
Hyatt Regency
Dallas, Texas

The RWA Board of Directors had a very productive meeting. The following items were discussed, and motions were enacted:

  1. The Board approved modifying the allotted time for Hot Sheet distribution from 48 hours to 72 hours to allow the necessary time for travel and communications issues.
  2. Decisions were made regarding the Golden Heart and RITA contests. Full details are outlined on the RWA Web site and in the summary sheet provided at the Registration Booth at the National Conference.
  3. The Board updated the definition of Subsidy Publisher or Vanity Publisher to: “any publisher that publishes books in which the author participates in the cost of production or distribution in any manner, including publisher assessment of a fee or other costs for editing and/or distribution.” This definition includes publishers who withhold or seek full or partial payment of reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties, including payment of paper, printing, binding, production, sales or marketing costs; publishers whose authors exclusively promote and/or sell their own books; publishers whose primary means of offering books for sale is through a publisher-generated Web site; publishers whose list is comprised of 50% or more of its books written by authors who are principals in the publishing company; and publishers whose business model and methods of publishing are primarily directed toward sales to the author, his/her relatives and associates.
  4. After examining RWA’s Publisher Recognition standards, the Board elected to eliminate the all-inclusive standard for Publisher Recognition and set standards based on programs and services.
    (A) The “First Sales” column of the RWR now will include first sale information from members who sell romance novels or novellas to any non-Subsidy or non-Vanity Publishers.
    (B) Changes were made to PAN Eligibility Requirements that provide two options through which members may be eligible for PAN. Full details are outlined on the RWA Web site and in a summary sheet provided at the Registration Booth at the National Conference. Current PAN members shall retain their status.
    (C) The Market Update section of the RWR will contain news that will enable the membership to know what non-Subsidy/non-Vanity Publishers are currently seeking romance submissions.
    (D) The Board amended PRO requirements in light of changes to PAN.
    (E) Effective July 15, 2007, in order to officially participate in RWA’s National Conference, a publisher must meet the following criteria: (1) it is not a Subsidy Publisher or Vanity Publisher; (2) it has been releasing romance novels via national distribution for no fewer than three years, with no fewer than two full-length novels or novel-length romance anthologies published in each of three consecutive years; (3) it provides advances of at least $1,000 for all books; and (4) it pays all authors participating in an anthology an advance of at least $500.
  5. The Board placed a freeze on Agent Recognition for applications received on or after July 9, 2007, so that new standards can be put in place, to be voted on at the November 2007 Board meeting.
  6. A Business Education Task Force was created to study and propose recommendations on the formation of educational programming for RWA members who have sold but who are not yet eligible for provisional PAN or full membership in PAN.
  7. The Board created a Task Force to study the distribution of press passes at the National Conference.
  8. The Board approved Standard Chapter Bylaws. Chapter Presidents will receive all relevant information via ChapLink and in a Standard Chapter Bylaws packet.
  9. The Board adopted policies and procedures regarding the selection and approval process of the RWA Academic Grant scholarship program.

CHANGES TO "PUBLISHER RECOGNITION"

In July, 2006, the Board created a task force to examine RWA’s use of a “Recognized Publisher” standard as an overall method to allocate RWA’s programs and services. After much research, member input, discussion and deliberation, the Board has determined that the blanket application of “Publisher Recognition” to allocate RWA’s resources is not serving its members, many of whom mistakenly perceive that RWA is placing a “stamp of approval” on these publishers. Therefore, the Board has examined its programs and services, item by item.

By substituting the word Eligible for Recognized, and limiting the scope of the term Eligible Publisher so that it deals solely with RWA’s allocation of its programs and resources, primarily at our national Conference, the term and concept of “Recognized Publisher” no longer factors into PAN and PRO eligibility, the RITA and Golden Heart contests, RWR content, and many other sections of our Policies and Procedures Manual.

Commencing with RWA’s 2008 National Conference, for official publisher participation, a romance publisher must verify to RWA that it: (1) is not a Subsidy Publisher or Vanity Publisher; (2) has been releasing romance novels via national distribution for no fewer than three years, with no fewer than two full-length romance novels or novel-length romance anthologies published in each of three consecutive years; (3) provides per book advances of at least $1,000 for all books; and (4) pays all authors participating in an anthology an advance of at least $500.

A Subsidy Publisher or Vanity Publisher means any publisher that publishes books in which the author participates in the cost of production or distribution in any manner, including publisher assessment of a fee or other costs for editing and/or distribution. This definition includes publishers who withhold or seek full or partial payment or reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties, including payment of paper, printing, binding, production, sales or marketing costs; publishers whose authors exclusively promote and/or sell their own books; publishers whose primary means of offering books for sale is through a publisher-generated Web site; publishers whose list is comprised of 50% or more of its books written by authors who are principals in the publishing company; and publishers whose business model and methods of publishing are primarily directed toward sales to the author, his/her relatives and associates.

Note:

The Board wishes to note that a $1,000 advance for a novel is an extremely small sum. It is, however, a minimal indicator that a publisher is invested in an author’s career to the degree that RWA can reasonably allocate its conference resources to that publisher, as some consideration has been paid for use of an author’s rights.

CHANGES TO PAN ELIGIBILITY

In the June 2007 RWR, an article by PAN Liaison Nicole Burnham and PRO Liaison Trish Milburn outlined proposed changes to PAN eligibility requirements and asked for feedback from members.

After much discussion and careful consideration of hundreds of detailed letters from members, the Board decided that all RWA General or Honorary members who are also general members of PAN before July 10, 2007, shall retain their general PAN membership. RWA General or Honorary members who are also provisional members of PAN, or who have applied to become provisional members of PAN, before July 10, 2007, shall have eighteen months from the date of their application for provisional PAN membership to submit a copy of the qualifying novel's copyright page to the Office.

The Board also voted to change PAN eligibility requirements to offer two methods by which RWA members may now become members of PAN.

Option One: Any RWA General or Honorary member who has earned at least $1,000 in the form of an advance from a single romance novel or novella published by a
non-Subsidy, non-Vanity Publisher may join PAN either as a full member (once the title is published) or as a provisional member for an eighteen-month period while awaiting publication of the title. In order to qualify for PAN under Option One, the member must submit a copy of the signature page of the contract to the Office along with either of the following: (1) a copy of the contract page showing an advance of at least $1,000; or (2) a letter from the acquiring editor stating that the author has earned at least $1,000 in the form of an advance.

Option Two: Any RWA General or Honorary member who has earned at least $1,000 in the form of royalties or a combination of advance plus royalties on a single published romance novel or novella published by a non-Subsidy, non-Vanity Publisher may join PAN as a full member following the publication of the title. In order to qualify for PAN under Option Two, the member must submit a copy of the novel's or novella's copyright page to the Office along with either of the following: (1) royalty statement(s) from the publisher showing earnings of at least $1,000; or (2) a letter from the acquiring editor stating that the author has earned at least $1,000 in the form of royalties or an advance plus royalties. Documentation must reflect earnings on a single novel or novella. In the case of a multiple-book contract, or in the event royalty statement(s) show earnings on multiple books, the earnings on the qualifying novel or novella must be shown separately. Any percentage of earnings deducted by an agent shall still be considered earnings to the author; however, the pre-deduction figure must be reflected in the documentation.

As in the past, members may wear a First Sale ribbon at the first National Conference after they become PAN-eligible.

Rationale for Changes to PAN Eligibility

For numerous reasons, including advocacy, using "Publisher Recognition" as the yardstick by which PAN eligibility is determined has proven problematic. Several other professional organizations—including the Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers of America, Science Fiction Writers of America, Writers Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild—use income as their standard of membership, and this is a viable method by which RWA can determine PAN eligibility. However, the Board determined that all current PAN members should retain their PAN status subject to the rules that were in effect when they applied to PAN.

Under the new policy, all authors who have earned a minimal advance of $1,000 on a romance novel or novella from a non-Subsidy, non-Vanity Publisher may join PAN either as full members (once the title is published) or as provisional members for an eighteen-month period as they await the publication of their title.

However, this new policy also offers new avenues for authors to join PAN. In keeping with current trends in the market, authors who write novellas may now apply to join PAN. The new policy also allows those authors who do not receive an advance of $1,000—but who do earn that amount in either royalties alone or a combination of advance plus royalties from the sale of a romance novel or novella—the opportunity to join PAN. These authors may not join as provisional members; however, they may apply to become general members of PAN once they have the copyright page of a published romance novel or novella and proof of earnings of at least $1,000 on that same romance novel or novella.

The Board of Directors wishes to note that $1,000 in earnings reflects an extremely low number of sales (for example, at a cover price of $5.99 and with a 6% royalty rate, an author would earn $1,000 after selling only 2,782 copies). Therefore, the Board of Directors does not wish to suggest that $1,000 is a reasonable advance or, in fact, adequate for any purpose other than establishing a minimum standard of membership in PAN. Members must consider each offer they receive for their work and determine for themselves whether the offer and contract terms meet their career goals.

In order to address the needs of those authors who have sold romance novels or novellas, but who are not yet eligible for PAN, a Board Task Force was created to study and prepare recommendations for educational programming specifically targeted to that group.

CHANGES TO THE GOLDEN HEART AND RITA CONTESTS

In an article in the June 2006 RWR, the Board outlined a plan to re-evaluate the Golden Heart and RITA contests. This plan spanned the terms of multiple Boards. It included two separate comment periods from members, input from a diverse committee, and study by a Board Task Force.

After much discussion and carefully considering input on a variety of issues related to the contests, the Board voted to make the following changes:

Changes to Current Golden Heart and RITA Categories

Changes were made to several Golden Heart and RITA categories based on input from members and an evaluation of industry and contest entry data from the previous ten years. The Board looked at both contests to ensure that each category description better reflects RWA's core purpose of advancing the interests of career-focused romance writers. Word count concerns were also addressed.

• Traditional Romance and Regency Romance: These categories were removed.

Rationale: Due to the consistently low number of entries over the previous several years, these categories were folded into new or already existing categories.

• Short Contemporary Romance/Long Contemporary Romance: These categories were replaced. See new definitions on page 10.

Rationale: With the shrinking word counts at Harlequin/Silhouette, there is no longer an appreciable difference between the length of individual lines. Therefore, two new categories were created to focus on content rather than word count.

• Contemporary Single Title Romance: The definition and judging guidelines for this category were edited to read as follows:

Definition: Romance novels which focus primarily on the romantic relationship,
released as individual titles, not as part of a series.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale: This change eliminates questions concerning word count and better reflects RWA’s core purpose.

• Young Adult Romance: The definition and judging guidelines for this category were edited to read as follows:

Definition: Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is an important element of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale: These changes reflect the state of the market as well as member input.

• Short Historical Romance/Long Historical Romance: These categories were replaced. See new definitions on page 10.

Rationale: After reviewing contest entry numbers, and several market analyses regarding the number and type of historicals within the marketplace, two new categories were created. Both the market analyses and the entry numbers over the past ten years across all historical categories in the contests supported, at most, two categories.

• Romantic Suspense: The definition and judging guidelines of this category were edited to read as follows:

Definition: Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot.

Judging guidelines: In this category, a suspense, mystery, or thriller plot is blended with a love story, which is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale: The changes to the definition and judging guidelines take into account member feedback, current market trends, and RWA’s core purpose.

• Paranormal Romance: The definition and judging guidelines for this category were edited to read as follows:

Definition: Romance novels in which the future, a fantasy world or paranormal happenings are an integral part of the plot.

Judging guidelines: In this category, a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element is blended with the love story, which is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale: The changes to the definition and judging guidelines take into account member feedback, current market trends, and RWA’s core purpose.


• Inspirational Romance: The definition and judging guidelines of this category were edited to read as follows:

Definition: Romance novels in which religious or spiritual beliefs (in the
context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are a major part of the
romantic relationship.

Judging guidelines: In this category, religious or spiritual beliefs (in the context of any religion or spiritual belief system) are blended with and form a significant part of the love story, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale: The changes to the definition and judging guidelines streamline language to eliminate redundancies; it also eliminates questions concerning word count.

• Novel With Strong Romantic Elements: This category was retained in both the Golden Heart and RITA contests; however, substantial changes were made. The definition and judging guidelines of this category were edited to read as follows:

Definition: A work of fiction in which a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries.

Judging guidelines: Novels of any tone or style and set in any place or time are eligible for this category. A romance must be an integral part of the plot or subplot, and the resolution of the romance is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale: The changes to the definition and judging guidelines streamline language to eliminate redundancies, take into account member feedback, and better reflect RWA’s core purpose.

Please note: Due to the changes in the judging guidelines, entries in this category may be marked “NR” (Not a Romance) rather than “NSRE” (No Strong Romantic Elements).

• Novella: This category was retained in the RITA contest. The definition and judging guidelines of this category were edited to read as follows:

Definition: Novellas that focus primarily on the romantic relationship.

Judging guidelines: In this category, a love story is the main focus, and the ending is emotionally satisfying and optimistic. Typically the word count is 20,000–40,000 words.

Rationale: The changes to the definition and judging guidelines streamline language to eliminate redundancies, take into account member feedback, and better reflect RWA’s core purpose.

• Best First Book: The judging guidelines of this category were removed, and the definition of this category was edited to read as follows:

Definition: A full-length book entered in any of the other contest categories. To be eligible, the author (or authors in the case of a writing team) shall not have had any other novel or novella previously published in any format.

Rationale: As this category is only judged in the final round of the RITA contest when entries are simply ranked, the judging guidelines of this category were removed. The changes to the definition address questions regarding what constitutes a “First Book.”

** NEW **

New Contemporary Series Golden Heart and RITA Categories

• Contemporary Series Romance

Definition: Series romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

• Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure

Definition: Series romance novels which focus primarily on the romantic relationship but may have more complex suspense/adventure subplots.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale pertaining to both of the above categories: With the shrinking word counts at Harlequin/Silhouette, there is no longer an appreciable difference between the length of individual lines. Therefore, these two categories were created to focus on content rather than word count.

New Historical Golden Heart and RITA Categories

• Regency Historical Romance

Definition: Romance novels in which the majority of the story is set against the Regency period of the British Empire.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

• Historical Romance

Definition: Romance novels set in any time period prior to 1945 and taking place in any location.

Judging guidelines: In this category, the love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic.

Rationale pertaining to both of the above categories: These new categories eliminate questions concerning word count and take into account member comments as well as data from several market analyses regarding the number and type of historicals within the marketplace over the last ten years.


Other Changes to the Golden Heart and RITA Contest Rules

• Two clarifications were made regarding which books may be entered in the RITA:

(1) Books entered in the RITA must have an original copyright date or a first printing date or a first North American printing date in the year prior to the contest year.

Rationale: This change eliminates questions concerning copyright for books.

(2) After eliminating RWA's Publisher Recognition standards, language regarding Subsidy and Vanity Publishers for purposes of the RITA contest was updated.

Rationale: This brings the RITA contest language in line with current policy.

• Pseudonyms in the Golden Heart:

Entrants in the Golden Heart contest may not use a pseudonym in the first round of the contest, but pseudonyms may be used by finalists when the finalist list is released.

Rationale: This takes into account member feedback.


Other Information of Note:

• After extensive discussion, the Board voted to retain the current system of mixed-panel judging in the first round of the RITA contest.
• Questions regarding admission to the Hall of Fame due to changes in the contest categories were referred to the Executive Director for further study. The Board will address this issue at the October 2007 Board Meeting.
• After extensive discussion, the Board decided not to add an erotic romance category to the contests due in part to the inherently indefinable nature of erotic romance. Romance entries with highly sensual and sexual content may be entered in any category. General contest instructions to judges for all categories now state that highly sensual and sexual content may be present in their judging panel.

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Sadly, if I'm interpreting this correctly, this means Ellora's Cave is now considered a "subsidy/vanity" press, which it isn't.

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude
www.erotic-romance.net

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:42 AM | 3 comments

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Oh Yum? OW/YM

Recently Ellora’s Cave posted the following submission call:

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Ellora's Cave will be having a special theme series for release in May 2008 -
Older Woman/Younger Man stories. We will accept both quickies (10-15K
words) and novellas (18-30K words) for this series; all must be E
rated.

Submissions deadline is
Dec. 15, 2007.

External submissions deadline is November 15; full story plus
synopsis should be emailed to Submissions@ellorascave.com; put "OW/YM
submission: booktitle" in the email Subject line.

Sincerely,
Raelene Gorlinsky, Publisher
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.

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Older Woman/Younger Man. OW/YM

As the mother of a young man who will turn twenty this fall, I have to admit this scenario does absolutely nothing for me. A woman my age sleeping with a guy in his twenties? Even in my *cough, sputter* forties, my brain is still in the-guy-must-be-older mode. However, I know EC would not put out a series of books if there was no market for them. Which makes me wonder--how widespread is the demand? Is there a substantial market for younger man/older woman stories? And what age differences are we talking? Five years? Ten? More?

I’ll be the first to admit, I would have never guessed m/m would be so popular among heterosexual women. Therefore, blind as I am to potential new trends, I’m going to keep an open mind about this.

Anyone want to share their opinion? I think there's a lot of potential to hit some ICK buttons on people. What's safe? What's taboo?

Tawny

**~*~*~*~*~*~*~**

Vampilicious Erotic Romance

Sydney’s Romance with Sassitude


posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:12 AM | 1 comments

Monday, July 09, 2007

A HUGE Thank you

Maybe I don't say this enough...no, I definitely don't say this enough.

THANK YOU!

To everyone...who reads my books, visits my blog, checks out my site, reviews my books either on Amazon or online review sites, tells friends about my books, and/or has checked my books out of your local library.

I can't tell you how much your support means, but I will tell you this--every time I sit down to write, I strive to write the funny scenes funnier, the sexy scenes hotter, and the suspenseful ones more suspenseful. I want to make you laugh out loud, weep, cheer, and grab your significant other and make him see stars :)

This weekend, I received a couple of really great reviews for Carpe Nocturne 1: Dressed to Kill. I am absolutely thrilled with both.

Carpe Nocturne 1: Dressed to Kill grabbed my attention from the beginning. Sylvie was attracted to Burke but didn't know why until he explains that he is a vampire. She is shocked and even more surprised when she finds out he is her Origo and he is not the only one. There is a third person who will complete them and he happens to be Miko Dvorak, an officer in the Excoluni who is after Burke. This story kept me on my toes trying to figure out what would happen next. Ms. Taylor, I am waiting on pins and needles to see what does happen next for Sylvie, Burke and Miko in your next story in this series.

http://sensual.ecataromance.com/11-reviews?type=&id=824

Dressed To Kill is the first book in Tawny Taylor’s Carpe Nocturne series. This is a series that should be read in order. I am intrigued by this series and these characters. Burke is gentle and funny and Sylvie is amazingly accepting of the revelations Burke makes. Miko does not have a strong presence in Dressed To Kill as this story is more about the relationship developing between Sylvie and Burke. Indeed, this first installment of the Carpe Nocturne series is more about developing the groundwork for the remainder of the series. This is a series to watch as the first book is interesting and entertaining.

http://www.twolipsreviews.com


A big thank you to the reviewers!

Tawny
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude
www.erotic-romance.net

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:51 AM | 1 comments

Friday, July 06, 2007

Free Online conference!

Forwarded with permission.

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Not going to Nationals? Don't worry...Romance Divas is doing the next best thing!


Romance Divas announces the first annual "Not Going to Nationals Cyber Conference" from July 11-15, righton the forum. Best of all, it's FREE!

Just register for Romance Divas--membership is free, you just need to sign up! www.romancedivas.com if you have trouble with registration email night.diva.maria (at) gmail (dot) com

There will be workshops, Q&As, and giveaways each day. All you have to do is participate!!!!


Schedule:

July 11:
Workshop: PC Cast and Kristin Cast (topic TBA)PCCast.net
Q&A: Erotic romance with Portia da Costa and Madelynne Ellis PortiaDaCosta.com
MadelynneEllis.com


July 12:
Workshop: Book Signing 101: Tips to Help Make your Signing a Success by Jackie Kessler JackieKessler.com
Q&A: Legal Issues for Writers by Amanda Brice AmandaBrice.com


July 13:
Workshop: What to Expect After You Sign the Contract by Marley Gibson MarleyGibson.com
Q&A: TBA (either with an agent from the Larsen-Pomada Agency or a panel on multi-cultural romance)


July 14:
Workshop: Sasha White (topic TBA) http://www.sashawhite.net/
Q&A: How To Write Both YA and Adult Romance by Berta Platas BertaPlatas.com


July 15:
Workshop: Trim That Fatty Writing! by Rhonda Stapleton RhondaStapleton.net>
Q&A: TBA (either with an agent from the Larsen-Pomada Agency or a panel on multi-cultural romance)

We also have loads of great giveaways, including books, critiques, coaching, and more!

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This sounds fabulous!

Enjoy!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance
www.erotic-romance.net

posted by Tawny Taylor at 6:50 PM | 0 comments

Thursday, July 05, 2007

A Terrific Birthday Present...And a Plea for Help.

I just received official word. My Ellora's Cave editor accepted my second Twilight's Possession book, Carnal Hunger. Whooo hoooo!!!

At this point, I don't have a release date, but at least I know it'll be coming out sometime in the next several months.

After doing a little celebratory dance in my office, I sat down and drafted a blurb for my Twilight's Possession website. What do you think? Any suggestions for improvements? I'd love some feedback! *begging* IMO, it's missing something.

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Jasmyne Vaughn has just learned her mother checked herself out of rehab--again--and vanished into the dark world of drug addiction...or so Jasmyne assumes. Until a mysterious call in the middle of the night sparks a frantic search in places so dark and disturbing Jasmyne couldn’t have imagined them in her worst nightmares. But before she can find her mother, and recover the priceless package her mom has stolen, Jasmyne is kidnapped by two powerful strangers.

Sons of the Twilight, Asher Pryce and Draven Falk, have their own problems. Asher is desperate to stop a brutal assassination attempt against their king. And Draven has learned a past mistake is going to cost a number of people--Asher included--a dear price. And then there’s the desperate hunger that has driven them both to near death.

Propelled by honor, duty and love, the three spend their nights searching for the stolen ancient Greek relic, the magical Diana’s Star. And days spent sating their unrelenting carnal hunger.

But with a powerful enemy standing in their way, there’s no guarantee they’ll succeed.

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Meh. It's just not doing it for me. What am I missing? Anyone able to tell me? ALL suggestions are welcome. Should I toss the whole thing and start over? Can you suggest a few tweaks that turn this blurb from so-so to fabu?

Tawny
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance
www.erotic-romance.net

posted by Tawny Taylor at 5:55 PM | 1 comments

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The 2007 Brava Novella Writing Contest

Click HERE for details.

The 5th annual Brava Novella Contest will begin accepting entries at midnight central time on August 1, 2007 and will cease accepting entries at midnight central time on September 30, 2007.

All entries must be made using the online entry form that will be forthcoming. Watch this page and the message board — Contest Forum — for information. No email or snail mail entries will be accepted.

Entries will be 750 words (computer count/actual word count) and entrant’s choice of any scene in the novella. Entries over 750 words will be disqualified.

This year, for the first time, the contest will have a theme. Entries must be written to the theme of: reunited lovers.

All entries will be judged by established Brava authors with the top twenty finalists being judged by Kensington Editorial Director Kate Duffy. As in previous years, there will also be voting by readers with the highest voted entry being named the “Readers’ Choice.”

Judging will be held during the month of October with winners announced by November 15, 2007.

One entry per person. Open to unpublished authors and those published with houses other than Kensington.

The Prize:

If your 750 word entry is selected as one of the 20 finalists, your entry will be read by Kate Duffy. Take a look at the books in the sidebar and below to see how many previous Novella Contest entrants became Kensington authors because of having their entries read by Kate.

Questions?

Visit the message board’s Contest Forum and post them there. The contest will be run through the message board, so get accustomed to it now!

Good luck!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance
www.erotic-romance.net




posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:02 AM | 0 comments

Monday, July 02, 2007

I'm a Geek

Hello, my name is Tawny, and I'm a seach engine geek.

I admit, I check my website hits daily, monitor search terms and Google ranking. But every now and then, it's kind of fun to see what search terms brought visitors to my site.

Most of the time, I'm not surprised to see the keywords:

Sexy stories, romantic erotic stories, vampire erotica, etc.

But every now and then, I find a funky or bizarre phrase has brought a visitor to my site (note: I've substituted symbols for letters in some words to protect minors):

La&ia tickling
People turning into animals
he fingered her pu$$y to ready her for his huge c&ck
rump raised all fours
her wet sweet a$$
dangling la&ia

Any other search engine geeks out there? What search terms have brought visitors knocking at your virtual door?

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sassy, Sexy Romance
www.erotic-romance.net


posted by Tawny Taylor at 6:18 PM | 0 comments

OW/YM Submissions Call

Forwarded with permission:

Ellora's Cave will be having a special theme series for release in May 2008 -
Older Woman/Younger Man stories. We will accept both quickies (10-15K
words) and novellas (18-30K words) for this series; all must be E
rated.

Submissions deadline is Dec. 15, 2007.

External submissions deadline is November 15; full story plus
synopsis should be emailed to Submissions@ellorascave.com; put "OW/YM
submission: booktitle" in the email Subject line.

Sincerely,
Raelene Gorlinsky, Publisher
Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.

Tawny
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Sassy, Sexy Stories
www.erotic-romance.net

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:42 AM | 0 comments
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