Spotlight on RWA Conference Qualifying Markets


In qualifying markets for the 2014 RWA Conference, markets received a questionnaire with the following position statement from RWA:

As a professional writers association, RWA stands firmly against any attempts to directly solicit RWA members to pursue vanity/subsidy publishing or other author-financed forms of publication. Publishing programs (lines, imprints or divisions) that directly solicit or refer writers to subsidy/vanity or other author-financed means of publication will not be allowed to participate in RWA’s annual conference as a featured publishing program.

“Subsidy” or “Vanity” publishing means the production of books in which the author participates in the costs of production or distribution in any manner, including assessment of fees or other costs for editing and/or distribution. This definition includes publishing programs that withhold or seek full or partial payment or reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties, including payment of paper, printing, binding, production, sales or marketing costs; publishing programs whose authors exclusively promote and/or sell their own books; and publishers whose business model and methods of publishing are primarily directed toward sales to the author, his/her relatives and associates.

Management from the markets listed below certified to RWA that they have read and understand the above statement, and have attested that they do not and will not refer RWA members to subsidy/vanity or author-financed publishing programs.

The following list represents the main house and/or owning/controlling publisher. For a detailed list of the divisions, lines, imprints and publishers under each house, see RWA’s site HERE.

  • Avalon Books
  • B & H Publishing Group
  • BelleBooks, Inc.
  • Baker Publishing
  • Blushing Books
  • Bold Strokes
  • Boroughs Publishing Group
  • Coliloquy
  • Ellora’s Cave
  • Entangled Publishing
  • Guideposts
  • Hachette Book Group
  • Harlequin Enterprises Limited
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Liquid Silver Books
  • Loose ID, LLC
  • Montlake Romance (Amazon)
  • Omnific Publishing, LLC
  • Penguin Random House Group, USA
  • Red Sage Publishing, Inc.
  • Riptide Publishing
  • Samhain Publishing, Ltd
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • St. Martin’s Press – MacMillan
  • TOR Romance – Tom Doherty Associates (Tor/Forge) – MacMillan
  • United Methodist Publishing House
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