Welcome, Booksellers and Librarians!
The membership of Romance Writers of America is proud to forge a lasting relationship between authors and those responsible for putting our work in the hands of the public. To that end, we are pleased to provide a variety of information and statistical data designed to benefit both booksellers and librarians.
Looking for more information on the romance genre or have a question about RWA? Ask RWA's Bookseller and Librarian Liaison.
Become an Affiliate Member
Romance-friendly booksellers and librarians who would like to become members of RWA may join as Affiliate members. Affiliate members receive a copy of the quarterly publication Romance Sells, the member rate for the RWA Conference, as well as access to the Librarian and Bookseller Community on myRWA (the member section of the RWA website).
What's New in Romance Fiction?
Find the latest award-winning books from your favorite romance authors.
- See which books won the 2013 RITA Award.
- Sign up for the Romance Sells mailing list. Romance Sells is a quarterly ad publication that lets librarians and booksellers know what romance novels are releasing soon.
The links below provide information on the popularity of the romance genre, how to effectively serve the needs of romance-reading patrons, how to begin and maintain a romance collection, and other great tips.
RWA Events for Librarians and Booksellers
- Librarians Day at the RWA Conference: RWA will host a day of education and networking for librarians at its Annual Conference at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter on July 23. Librarian registration is $25 and limited to the first 100 registrants.
- Registration for this event will open in January 2014.
- Bookseller/Librarian Networking Event at the RWA Conference: Attend this fun, informal gathering of romance authors, librarians and booksellers at the 2014 RWA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. The event takes place on July 23, 2014, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter from 2–4 p.m. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
- BookExpo America: RWA will host a booth at BEA in New York in 2014. Stop by the RWA booth for information on the genre and a book signed by one of your favorite romance authors. Check back in April 2014 to see who will be signing in the RWA booth!
- PLA Conference: RWA will host a booth at the Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis in March 2014. Stop by the RWA booth for information on the genre and a book signed by one of your favorite romance authors.
Awards, Grants, and Collections
- Librarian of the Year: Each year, RWA awards one librarian who has shown outstanding support of the romance genre with the Librarian of the Year Award. Congratulations to the 2013 RWA Librarian of the Year, Sarah Whitten, from the Bangor Public Library in Bangor, ME!
- Bookseller of the Year: RWA honors one bookseller each year with the RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year Award. This award is given to a bookseller who has taken special care to promote romance fiction in his or her store. As our honored guest, the winner is flown to RWA's Annual Conference where he or she is presented with this special award during our Awards Luncheon. The 2013 RWA Steffie Walker Bookseller of the Year is Cathy Genna, the Community Relations Manager at the East Brunswick, NJ, Barnes & Noble!
- Romance Writers of America Library Grant through the Public Library Association: The Romance Writers of America Library Grant is designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of romance fiction, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. Congratulations to the 2013 grant recipient, the Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library, Aurora, N.C.
- Center for the Book: RWA is proud to announce that it is a Reading Promotion Partner with the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book.
- Archives and Collections: RWA’s archives are housed at Bowling Green State University’s Browne Popular Culture Library. The Browne Popular Culture Library also has an extensive romance manuscript collection, which according to the library’s Web site, “contain[s] correspondence, fan mail, literary manuscripts, and galley sheets from many prominent romance writers.”