In the end, it's just you and the manuscript
- Jun 27, 2005
- Reaction score
it wasn't a "romantic elements" book, it was a _romance_. If I entered it in the "Contemporary" category, though, the conservatives at RWA would have laughed all the cl*ts and c*cks and other various/sundry four-letter and otherwise explicit terms out of the room, though. It never would have stood a chance in that category given the tastes/attitudes of the judges---who per RWA rules, would not be erotic romance authors, but straight contemporary authors.
I think you may be wrong to believe the judges for Contemporary Romance -- those pubbed authors -- will be conservative. Or that they'll be unable (or unwilling) to look past the realistic language and situations used in your book to the underlying excellence of the prose and beauty of the story.
The notion that erotica is appreciated only by a small, select audience -- no, no and no. Everybody loves erotica.
(ok. Almost everybody.)
Many of your 'Contemporary RITA' judges are going to be coming from just exactly 'the Blaze line', 'Kensington Brava and Berkley Sensation' (*cough* ... my own imprint,) and 'Avon Red, Berkley Heat, Kensington Aphrodisia, Harlequin Spice'.
The more conservative types may be judging the more conservative categories ... eh?
You may be in far less conservative company than you think.