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.



Advocacy News

 
As we lay the foundation for RWA 2.0, one of the Board of Directors’ priorities is to strengthen RWA’s professional relations advocacy. To this end, we are reviving our advocacy efforts with respect to Dreamspinner Press and its missing author paymen
 
Several members have reached out or posted on the forums about the trademark filed by Penguin Random House for the word “Alpha.”
 
As authors struggle with the effects of a global pandemic, the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library, which provides free and unrestricted access to digital copies of in-copyright books, does even further harm.

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