13 Responses to “Monday, Monday”

  1. Charlene Teglia July 23, 2007 at 9:55 PM #

    Er. Wow. You know, I would’ve thought that this wouldn’t apply to non-recognized publishers. Hard for them to have to choose and rotten for you to be back on the hiring-go-round.

    The re-release policy seems sound to me.

  2. Angie July 23, 2007 at 10:07 PM #

    You’re not the first one to share that sentiment, Charli. But it’s not that the RWA doesn’t recognize us as a publisher. Just that we’re not eligible for an allocation of their resources at RWA Nationals 😛

  3. Kaz Augustin July 23, 2007 at 11:08 PM #

    Oh.

    Sorry to hear that, Angie. I wonder what the rationale was behind the redrawing of acquiring-editor membership eligibility. Did the RWA give you any reasons? ‘Cos, surely this means that the acquiring editors for houses such as Dorchester, Kensington, Harlequin, etc., are all hit too, right?

    And if the acquiring editors are losing rights, what does that mean for romance publishing as a whole?

  4. Jenna Bayley-Burke July 23, 2007 at 11:59 PM #

    I didn’t know you were hiring final line editors as well.

    Why does it matter if an editor acquires for a non-recognized publisher? Do non-fic editors have to be associate members? Why does it matter what your day job is, if it isn’t for a RWA recognized entity?

  5. Lesley Speller July 24, 2007 at 1:26 AM #

    Good grief, how frustrating! At least you didn’t lose all three. RWA has really made your life difficult this year, haven’t they?

    Is this re-release policy going to apply to previously self-published works?

  6. Angie July 24, 2007 at 7:54 AM #

    Sorry to hear that, Angie. I wonder what the rationale was behind the redrawing of acquiring-editor membership eligibility. Did the RWA give you any reasons? ‘Cos, surely this means that the acquiring editors for houses such as Dorchester, Kensington, Harlequin, etc., are all hit too, right?

    Yes, of course it affects all publishers. Of course, most editors are already associate members. My own membership has always been an associate membership. It’s only those who also are authors, that this effects. And probably, for the most part, only the smaller presses who have any significant number of authors working as editors.

    Also, keep in mind, this isn’t an RWA policy change, that the board makes. This is a change to the bylaws, voted on by the general assembly. Which means all of the authors/members of RWA. So it’s a change the body of RWA wanted and it’s my understanding from those who attended the general assembly, that the vote was nearly unanimous with only a few (under 10) voting nay.


    Why does it matter if an editor acquires for a non-recognized publisher? Do non-fic editors have to be associate members?

    I keep reiterating this but I think people are missing it. There’s no such thing as recognition any longer. There’s only eligibility. And eligibility ONLY means allocation of resources at Nationals. That’s it. Nothing more. It doesn’t mean we’re not a publisher. As far as author first sales, PAN, etc., we’re still a publisher. There is no more recognition.

    As for non-fic, I suppose it would apply to them too, as the language is only acquiring editors. But I suspect most non-fiction editors aren’t a member of the Romance Writers of America 😉

    RWA has really made your life difficult this year, haven’t they?

    In truth? Not particularly 🙂 I’ll still be at RWA Nationals next year. And while it’s frustrating to me that this bylaw has been put in place, I can understand the desire of the membership to make the RWA loops editor free, allowing them to have a place to talk/vent, etc., without fear of reprisals or “never working in this business again” lol.

  7. Jessica July 24, 2007 at 8:36 AM #

    Sorry to hear about your new editor frustration, but your new sub policy sounds great!

  8. Chris Redding July 24, 2007 at 9:05 AM #

    I think all of your decisions seem sound.
    Now I’m really itching to submit when you open.
    I think it is smart to close submissions for awhile. It shows you’d rather put out quality then quantity and that’s the type of publisher I’d like to work with.
    cmr

  9. Seressia July 24, 2007 at 1:14 PM #

    So this doesn’t affect agents who happen to be writers? If not, I wonder why? Doesn’t seem fair to me…

  10. Bev Stephans July 24, 2007 at 1:34 PM #

    In the first paragraph, 4th line of your above reply, you state, “It’s only those who are also authors, that this “effects”. I do believe that should be “affects”. Do I get the job of editor? Just kidding. That’s too much responsibility and I have nothing but respect for anyone edits for a living, especially you. I hope your search for editors is fruitful and we will see some new material in the near future.

  11. Kaz Augustin July 24, 2007 at 7:08 PM #

    That’s a good point, Seressia. If the RWA loops really do want to be free for author venting, then surely the same rules must apply to agents as well?

  12. Angie July 24, 2007 at 8:04 PM #

    I don’t know if this specific bylaw applied to agents or not. I wasn’t really concerned with that *grin* but I think they already had something that applied to agents because I know an agent who got removed from PAN when they became an agent.

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