Advocacy

Advocacy—for our members and the genre—is at the core of RWA's mission.

RWA provides members with information on romance-acquiring publishers and agents who have been vetted by the organization to meet certain benchmarks. We have a professional relations manager on staff who can work with members to resolve grievances, and we have successfully fought on behalf of our members in disputes with publishers and agents, major retailers, and others who seek to take advantage. 

Are you a member with a professional relations issue? Contact memberadvocacy@rwa.org.

RWA makes no representations or warranties regarding the business practices or financial condition of any publisher or agency/agent. This being said, RWA members and other romance writers should make their own independent decisions about which publishers or agencies/agents with which to do business, and RWA does not in any way encourage or discourage RWA members and other romance writers from making their own such independent business decisions. 



Advocacy News

 
Romance Writers of America has joined with the Authors Guild, along with author organizations and authors themselves, in signing a letter to Audible expressing our grave concern over its exchange policy, and to ask that it immediately end its attempt
 
RWA staff is reviewing complaints against publisher Blushing Books and seeking statements from members who’ve had direct experiences with this publisher, both positive and negative.
 
An update on RWA's advocacy efforts and Dreamspinner Press's status as an RWA Qualifying Market as of August 11, 2020.

Outreach

RWA exhibits at trade shows and participates in panels on the romance genre. See where we're headed next!


Eligible Agents

RWA has evaluated these agents and determined they are qualified to be recognized as "RWA-Eligible" Agents

 

Qualifying Markets

Find a list of markets RWA has evaluated and determine do not participate in predatory publishing practices

“Huge shout of thanks to RWA @romancewriters for standing up for their members, having our backs and getting the important things done for us. And this is why I’m a proud member!”
— @GailChianese
“#RomanceEmpowers me because of organizations like @romancewriters that speak for and fight for me, help me network with my peers and the world professionally.”
— @heidicullinan
“After several ineffective exchanges with Amazon...we reached out to the RWA for help. Within a week, Amazon advised us that upon further review, our titles had been returned to their original categories and were once again discoverable on their site...RWA’s intervention played a critical part in that response.”
— Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey