"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 . . .]
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 . . .]
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 . . .]
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 . . .]
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 . . .]
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. […]