Then read Alison’s latest post: One Woman’s Porn.
My comment, currently at the bottom:
To be honest, I’m somewhat surprised with all the hubub and furor over the RWA that someone hasn’t started something like “Erotic / Romantic Writers Association” (made up, not intended to confuse people who know ERWA as “Erotica Readers & Writers Association”) which would have a completely different judging system than the RITAs, acknowledge the pro epubbers, and tip the hat to minorites… 3 issues that RWA has not addressed to anyone’s satisfaction. (I’d add in GBLT romance as well, but I don’t know RWA well enough to know their stance on that… I’m just assuming that they don’t support alt-romance at all if they aren’t supporting erotic romance.)
I personally don’t intend on joining RWA. Romance isn’t the only genre I write in, but when I do, it will be on the steamier side of things and at least sometimes involve alt-romances.
RWA needs to step up to the plate and let folks know that they’re not stuck in the past with the category romances that are shutting down one line after the other. If they don’t, then they’re making themselves irrelevant and it’s time for someone new to replace them.
In my opinion? I don’t think they have much time left to do an about face.
Nonny confirmed that RWA is against GBLT romances as well.
How relevant is RWA to modern romance?
In my, perhaps biased, opinion… RWA should score itself as “not a romance”.