I’m not even going to dive into Roadtrip being banned from the RITAs forever because it was an October e-release, or even that practically every EC book e-released after July is ineligible because they recognize an e-publisher but don’t accept e-books in the contest.
That’s pretty small potatoes in the WTF department today.
Apparently, Triskelion Publishing applied for RWA recognition. And they were…
…wait for it…
Shocking, isn’t it? Ellen has two good posts about it on her blog:
So the RWA decided against it because they didn’t feel the book in question was a romance, despite being authored by romance writers. Yes, well neither are the chick lit and women’s fiction novels they’re passing out RITAs for.
Then comes the single most brilliant bit of reasoning I’ve seen since the short kid argued he should be able to pee outside on a tree to save the environment from the toilet flushing. Let’s deny them because the royalties from the book were donated to charity.
Oh, the horror.
If I choose to send my forthcoming EC royalties to the Bald & Mutilated Cabbage Patch Doll Rescue League, that’s not the RWA’s business. If I tell EC to just make my checks out to the B&MCPDRL, that doesn’t change the fundamental fact that they paid a royalty on that book. Triskelion is a royalty-paying publisher, as required. Period.
I know very little about Triskelion. EC and Samhain will be keeping me very busy, along with knocking on NY’s door. But if they met the standards, they met the standards.
So, once again, this :wtf: moment is brought to you by the letters R, W and A.