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  1. Angela James
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 19:36:19

    Yes, Samhain will lose recognition after conference. It doesn’t change anything for our business or with the deal with Kensington, nor our IPS print program. We’ll still pay royalties on time and do business as usual ;) For us, it means we can’t do publisher type things at nationals next year. Perhaps someday things will change and we’ll be back at RWA, doing editor appointments and so forth, but until that time, we continue on as always. RWA is an organization for authors to network and learn from one another. As the guidelines have been set up, removing our recognition doesn’t take away your ability to utilize it as such and the benefits of RWA remain for those authors who wish to enjoy them.

    Of course it’s disappointing to us that RWA is unable to accomodate small presses at this time, but it’s understandable that they must do what they believe is best for the authors and the organization.

    However, it’s my belief that the allure of epublishing is our ability to sign a wide variety of books and genres without a huge monetary risk. Offering even 1000 dollars advance would remove our ability to do that. Our gain from being approved is not as significant as our gain from being free to take on books because we love them, not because they’ll earn out their advance. Once we enter into the world of larger dollar amount advances, we become a publisher who can’t take the publishing risks that we do now, never knowing what will hit and what will…not so much.

    I know it’s important to some authors that their publisher be recognized and that there will be some who are disappointed by the way things have gone and choose to seek publication elsewhere, and that saddens me because at the heart of things, I think we’re a pretty damn good publisher. We’ll move forward from here just as we would have had we been able to keep “recognition”. Nothing changes. Samhain will remain the same publisher next week, when the policy goes into effect and we’re no longer “recognized” as we are this week.

    Permission to forward granted

    Angela James, Executive Editor
    http://www.samhainpublishing.com

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  2. Angela
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 20:19:12

    It is sad that RWA has tightened its belt to such extremes, but it is, after all, an organization for writers: not publishers or librarians or editors or agents. I’m glad Ms. James addressed this so quickly (and so graciously–a true professional!) because it will nip the unnecessary and distracting drama that usually occurs when things like this happen.

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  3. bam
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 21:01:38

    that sucks on so many levels and I applaud Samhain for responding quickly and with grace and dignity.

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  4. KC
    Jul 12, 2007 @ 22:20:43

    When are people going to finally get it into their heads that the RWA is an old-fashioned, out-dated band of hoity-toity cretins who are only looking out for NY publishers? For the past ten years things have gotten only worse with them. The moment any e-pub meets requirements–voila, a month later, the rules change YET again….for the hundredth time! I just don’t understand why any e-pub (or e-author, apart from ego) would want to be associated with them, let alone jump through their ever-changing hoops only to be patted on the head then dumped like yesterday’s garbage. The RWA wants to live in the past, playing the NY Bigshot game when the industry is obviously changing every year, and their antiquated way of thinking no longer makes sense. (I think they know it, they just don’t want to admit they’re wrong and remain stubborn.) The joke is, that probably half of the NY authors who belong to RWA make less than the annual salary of most e-pubbed authors. That’s what’s ticking the Powers That Be at RWA off big time while the e-pubs are taking a chunk of their business and laughing all the way to the bank. Why anyone would pay yearly membership dues to people who couldn’t give a damn about them is way beyond me.

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