Qualifying Markets for Romance Writers of America's
    36th Annual Conference

    Qualifying Markets (listed below) received a questionnaire that included the following statements:

    As a professional writers association, RWA stands firmly against any attempts to directly solicit RWA members to pursue vanity/subsidy publishing or other author-financed forms of publication. Publishing programs (lines, imprints or divisions) that directly solicit or refer writers to Predatory Publishing companies or other author-financed means of publication will not be allowed to participate in RWA’s annual conference as a featured publishing program.

    For RWA purposes "Predatory Publishing" means a business model based on selling products or services to authors rather than selling books to readers. Services or publishing packages offered by the entity are usually priced higher than similar services found in the open marketplace. Promises of mass-distribution, marketing services, or expertise in editorial, design and delivery of quality works made by Predatory Publishing companies are rarely fulfilled and often result in unsuccessful distribution or sales. This definition includes, but is not limited to, publishing programs that withhold or seek full or partial payment or reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties.

    To learn more about RWA Qualifying Markets, contact Carol Ritter at or call 832-717-5200 ext. 127.

    Management from the lines, imprints or divisions listed below certified to RWA that they have read and understand the above statement. They have attested that the publisher, line, imprint, or division they represent does not and will not refer RWA members to Predatory Publishing companies or author-financed publishing programs.

    The following Qualifying Markets have completed the evaluation process.

    Avalon Books

    B & H Publishing Group

    BelleBooks, Inc.
      Bell Bridge Books

    Baker Publishing
      Bethany House

    Blushing Books

    Bold Strokes

    Boroughs Publishing Group
      Lunch Box Romance 


    Entangled Publishing
      All Entangled Imprints

      Guideposts Books

    Hachette Book Group
      Grand Central Publishing
      Orbit/Orbit and Redhook 

    Harlequin Enterprises Limited
      Carina Press
      Harlequin Blaze
      Harlequin Presents
      Harlequin Presents Extra
      Harlequin Romance
      Harlequin Superromance
      Harlequin American Romance
      Harlequin Intrigue
      Harlequin Heartwarming
      Harlequin Historicals
      Harlequin Historicals Undone
      Harlequin Teen
      HQN Books
    Kimani Romance
      Kimani Press
    Mills & Boon Romance
      Mills & Boon Modern
      Mills & Boon Modern Heat
      Mills & Boon Medical Romance
      Mills & Boon Historical
      Mills & Boon SuperHistorical
    Harlequin Nocturne
    Harlequin Nocturne Bites
    Harlequin Desire
    Harlequin Special Edition
    Harlequin Romantic Suspense
      Spice Briefs
      Love Inspired
    Love Inspired Suspense
     Love Inspired Historicals
     Love Inspired Classics

    HarperCollins Publishers
      Avon Books
      Avon A
      Avon Inspirational
      Avon Red
      William Morrow

    Kensington Publishing Corp.
      K Mass Market

    Liquid Silver Books

    Loose ID, LLC

    Montlake Romance (Amazon)

    Omnific Publishing, LLC

    Penguin Random House Group, USA
      Berkley Sensation
       Bantam Dell
       WaterBrook Multnomah

    Red Sage Publishing, Inc.

    Riptide Publishing

    Samhain Publishing, Ltd

    Simon & Schuster
      Pocket Books

    Soul Mate Publishing

    Sourcebooks, Inc.

    St. Martin’s Press - MacMillan

    TOR Romance - Tom Doherty Associates (Tor/Forge) - MacMillan

    Turquoise Morning Press

    United Methodist Publishing House
      Abingdon Press Fiction