About RSJ

RSJ Convention was created to sponsor support for Romance Slam Jam, the book lover event for African American authors and readers. The event recognizes authors of diverse, black and African-American characters in romance, women’s fiction, and more. *Event includes a large focus on Romantic Fiction.

VIDEO: RSJ BOOK LOVER EVENT – Author & Reader Discussion “The African American Book Section”

We couldn't let 2017 pass by without a video highlight from the 2017 RSJ Book Lovers Convention. During the convention, we opened up a new segment called "The Forum". The forum launched with the topic: "The African American Book Section - Yea or Nay?" Romance authors Lisa Rayne, Nicki Night and Earl Sewell were on hand to discuss the topic with readers and writers during the RSJ Book lovers Event that took place in Los Angeles, California. Both readers and authors displayed opinions of whether they find the African American Book Section good or bad. There were some interesting opinions on the table but the most intriguing aspect was [ . . . Read more . . .]

By | November 23rd, 2017|African American Books, Home Highlights, Videos, Workshops|0 Comments

2017 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award Winners Announced

"And the Emma Award for literary excellence goes to . . . ." RSJ Convention, the networking event for authors of diverse, black and African-American characters including aspiring, women's fiction, and published romance authors, announces the winners of the 2017 Emma Awards. The Emma — the premier award for diversity in literature — recognizes excellence in published romance novels, novellas, and women's fiction featuring black, African-American, and multicultural protagonists. The 2017 winners were announced at [ . . . Read more . . .]

2017 Aspiring Author Contest Winners

Aspiring Author Contest winners have been announced! Romance Slam Jam (RSJ) with support from Diverse Writers and Readers International, inspires more diversity by encouraging aspiring black authors to continue into a writing career. To support this mission, we created the Aspiring Author Contest to advocate the black romance industry. The contest serves to encourage unpublished black authors to submit their manuscripts for review, with an [ . . . Read more . . .]

2017 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award Finalists Announced

Romance Slam Jam (RSJ), the networking organization for black and African American aspiring and published romance authors, announces the finalists for the 2017 Emma Awards. The Emma — the premier award for black authors of romance — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas featuring black, African-American, and multicultural protagonists. The impetus to create the Emma Awards sprang from [ . . . Read more . . .]

GIVE THANKS GIVEAWAY – Hurry, Register Now!

We’re starting the convention fun before you even arrive! As our way of saying “Thanks for coming,” we’re holding a Give Thanks Giveaway. One (1) lucky registrant will receive a L.A. City Tour ticket on us! All individuals at least 18 years of age who register for the full Romance Slam Jam 2017 conference in Los Angeles by 11:59 p.m. PST on November 18, 2016, are eligible to participate. We will select [ . . . Read more . . .]

By | October 18th, 2016|Announcement, Drawings & Giveaways, Home Highlights|0 Comments


Got workshop ideas? Presenters, get your workshop presentation ideas sent in to RSJconvention. As an approved facilitator, your convention fee is discounted. Not a presenter? Email us ideas about what workshops you'd like to attend and we'll see about getting popular ideas on the schedule. (workshops@rsjconvention.com) Please keep the workshop proposals coming. We are still in the process of filling the schedule. If you've submitted a proposal, we will contact you about your presenter status soon. If you've already paid for [ . . . Read more . . .]

By | September 18th, 2016|Home Highlights, Workshops|0 Comments

What’s New at the Romance Slam Jam Book Lovers Event

You may have noticed some changes happening at Romance Slam Jam. After years in existence, it was only inevitable that we evolve with the 21st century, make some needed improvements and changes, and further grow the RSJ book lover event. Under the direction of Ms. Emma Rogers, one of the notable founders of Romance Slam Jam, both organizational and visual changes have occurred. Last April, Ms. Emma assigned a new chairperson to head a public relations, marketing, branding, and Organizing Committee team. One of the most noticeable changes is the visual presence of the updated Romance Slam Jam book lover events brand. We have launched a new professionally designed website, worthy of featuring and highlighting [ . . . Read more . . .]

By | August 31st, 2016|Announcement, RSJ News|0 Comments

Notice Regarding Email Communications:

Good morning, Slam Jammers! Just a reminder that, as we discussed at #RSJ2016, Romance Slam Jam now has a dedicated email address for official communications. All communications regarding the Romance Slam Jam annual event will come from an official "@rsjconvention.com" email address. Any other communications are unauthorized and may contain misleading or intentionally inaccurate information. If you receive or have received any communications labeled or purporting to be from [ . . . Read more . . .]

By | July 16th, 2016|Announcement, Home Highlights|0 Comments

What Others Are Saying About RSJ – Author Raynetta Manees

It's always nice when someone writes: "The fabulous Romance Slam Jam." Imagine our joy here at RSJ Convention when we got the wonderful opportunity to read author Raynetta Manees's review on her blog of her experience at the 2016 Romance Slam Jam book lovers event in Detroit. Take a look and see for yourself . . .

raynetta-manees"The Romance Slam Jam was three days of fun, friendship, knowledge, and inspiration. It was so great to finally meet face to face so many readers and authors I have been talking with on [ . . . Read more . . .]

By | June 21st, 2016|Home Highlights, Review of RSJ|0 Comments

RSJ News: April 2016

April is finally here! The meals are in the oven. The table is set. And now we’re just waiting for our guests to arrive! In just a few weeks, many of you will be here in the “D” making new friends, improving your craft, discovering new authors and books to read and review. So, to help ensure things go smoothly, here are some things to note: UGRR Tour Cancelled: I regret to inform you that the Underground Railroad Tour scheduled for Wednesday evening has been cancelled by the tour company, due to a problem accessing 2nd Baptist Church on the day in question and lack of participation. If you have already paid for the tour, your money will be refunded. Airport Shuttle: Unfortunately, the Edward Village Hotel (formerly, the Royal Dearborn) does not provide airport shuttles. So, we have made arrangements through SKOOT for a discounted group rate of $39 round trip. You can book online at www.rideskoot.com or call 313-230-2331. Use the group code: “RSJ2016” to receive the discounted rate. It is highly recommended that you call 24 hours ahead of time to book your reservation. […]

By | April 5th, 2016|RSJ News|0 Comments