The Clouds Are Parting for RWA

Most writers are aware that Romance Writers of America tripped over their own diversity goals in December and got a serious rug burn. That burn showed the board the error of their ways and allowed them to straighten the goals a bit and crank back the actions they took against a perfectly wonderful author. Read all about it if you are not up to date. Continue reading “The Clouds Are Parting for RWA”

Courtney Milan Versus the World

I don’t even know how to start with this subject. I am wrapped up in it because I am a member of Romance Writers of America and PAN (Published Author Network) so I am getting information about the situation whether I want to or not. Let me say that Courtney Milan, a Chinese-American romance novelist, is highly successful and would never attack a person about their writing. She might, however, attack their writing. Continue reading “Courtney Milan Versus the World”

Mentoring

There are times when one steps outside one’s door, expecting to go down the street to the park. But something distracts you turn right and end up at the fire station. Such is the path of this blog post. I wanted to get more input on Romance Writers of America’s new Mentoring program. But searching for Mentoring brought me to a blog called All the Kissing. The particular post I landed on was written almost two years ago. But it is so perfect for this topic. I might as well stop typing and let you go read that! Continue reading “Mentoring”

My RWA Notes from July National Conference

I love the way that sounds like I actually went to the conference. But actually, my local chapter of Romance Writers of America has a recap meeting every August. It’s almost like going there but cheaper and better food. Maybe. This year we did something different as far as where the meeting was held, and it worked out well enough that we may do it every year. The selling point was the air conditioning. Welcome to Southern California in August. Continue reading “My RWA Notes from July National Conference”

Diversity in Romance

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Since the dawn of Romance novels, publishers and editors have believed that POC (People of Color) preferred to read about white women and white men. Also, and more to the point, white women didn’t want to buy books about POC so don’t put them on the cover! Well, in recent years, a lot of people of varying shades have expressed their displeasure at this policy. Romance Writers of America has taken steps to improve the situation. Continue reading “Diversity in Romance”