In March 2007, RWA decided to review the Publisher Recognition standards. Currently the standards require the following:
- publisher pay royalties
- not a subsidy or vanity presss
- length of business minimum of 1 year
- sold at least 1500 hardcover or trade paperback or 5,000 of any other format of one romance book
Selling to the publisher qualifies a member for PAN (published author network) membership
Amy Padgett, a Cerridwen Press author is unhappy with the PAN proposed changes. She had a post detailing her problems with the proposed changes. She has since deleted the blog post. [Note to authors: a blog is not a personal journal. Don’t post stuff if you don’t want the blogosphere to talk about it.] Her post doesn’t actually state what the proposed changes are, only that she is unhappy. What I understand is that the proposed changes require an author to earn $2000 in royalties/advances on a single title. This is probably no problem for anyone who publishes with New York, but for the non advance paying epublished authors, the income requirement could be onerous.
As a reader, I can’t get excited about this, but I thought it was newsworthy for the authors who occassionally visit.