Book Lover News – Diversity in Literature

/Book Lover News – Diversity in Literature/

2017 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award Winners Announced

By | March 25th, 2017|African American Books, Announcement, Did You Know..., Emma Awards, Emma Awards - 2017|

"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

By | March 25th, 2017|African American Books, Announcement, Did You Know..., Emma Awards, Emma Awards - 2017, RSJ News|

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 The contest serves to encourage unpublished black authors to submit their manuscripts for review, with an [ .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

By | March 13th, 2017|African American Books, Announcement, Emma Awards, Emma Awards - 2017|

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 . . .]

SCRATCH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK SECTION

By | December 5th, 2016|African American Books, Home Highlights, RSJ News|

That’s right we said it! Or would you like to continue to ride in the back of the bus. We ran across this profound article today in BookRiot.com by Syreeta Barlow. It was written in 2014 but today in 2016, it still speaks to the problems with the African American book section today. I dare you to read it! Some of the most poignant areas of the article reads:

“As a writer, my absolute fear was ending up, not in the clearance bin, but in the African-American section……. Opportunity should not extend itself solely on the color of the character on the cover, but by [ . . . Read more . . .]

GIVE THANKS GIVEAWAY – Hurry, Register Now!

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

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 . . .]

WORKSHOP PROPOSALS

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

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 . . .]

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

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

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 . . .]

Notice Regarding Email Communications:

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

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 . . .]

What Others Are Saying About RSJ – Author Raynetta Manees

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

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 . . .]

RSJ News: April 2016

By | April 5th, 2016|RSJ News|

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. […]