For several years (it seemed), Billie and I tried to get RWA recognition. When Hearts Across Forever was released, I didn't understand why Oak Tree could not be a recognized publisher.
Yesterday and continuing today, there has been a great stir because the RWA Board has removed Harlequin from the publisher approved list. The turmoil all came about, as I understand it, because Harlequin has decided to open a self-publishing line for authors whose books are turned down by them. The new line, which RWA considers vanity publishing, will not be edited unless the author pays a big amount for that service as well as the cost of publishing the book. On top of all that, they are saying that Harlequin will get 50% from the sales.
For years, Harlequin has been the major player in romance publishing. When I first started writing, Harlequin and Silhouette were the two top companies to which authors aspired. Soon after, Silhouette was bought by Harlequin, making that publisher the romance giant.
That RWA took such a strong stand against what Harlequin decided to do surprised me and a lot of other authors as well. It will be interesting in the world of publishing to see what comes from all of this.
Mary Montague Sikes