Before I get to today’s question, I found this on author Jo Leigh’s blog yesterday:
Wow, everywhere I go that has discussions about the RITA, I’m hearing that Blaze authors didn’t bother to enter their Blaze novels. I didn’t, and I think I’ve counted about a dozen others who didn’t. So what’s up with this? Something is really rotten in Denmark if romance authors – terrific romance authors – aren’t even bothering to enter their industry awards because they know they won’t get a fair read. I’m betting that Blaze authors aren’t the only ones who aren’t entering. So the writers lose, RWA loses money, and the poor RITA becomes even more meaningless to the publishing industry and to the public at large.
Uh, yep! There’s no point. Not anymore. I didn’t enter anything. I could have done so, even as a non-member, but why bother when such a large percentage of our supposed “peers” want our books banned completely for being depraved. Yes. I heard that this week. (If you didn’t enter this year, why not? Feel free to post anonymously; your email addy won’t show to anyone but me and my lips are sealed.)
Update: I posted this in the comments to another entry below, but am posting it here, too:
The RITA process goes like this. An author pays a fee of $40 to enter each book she wishes to enter. Her books are then sent out to a panel of 5 of her peers. If her scores are one of the highest in her judging bracket, she goes on to the next panel of 5. Not all authors enter because not all want to pay the fee. (And if you’re not an RWA member, then I believe the fee is $140.) And since many peers refuse to read hot books and will send them back if they get any in their panel, many of us who write hot books don’t bother to enter any longer.
Now, do you belong to any author chat loops? If so, do you look for info on books, camaraderie with other readers, a closer glimpse at the author, writing tips . . . what? If I started a chat loop, would anyone be interested, or want to moderate it? Sing out, and tell me what it is about author chat loops that brings in readers and fans.
On Monday, 4/3 at noon central, I’ll pick one name from those of you who comment here to win a copy of DEEP BREATH.