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I was one of the folks who voiced displeasure at last year's process which saw 300 nominees in some categories and, like, two in others. Look, I'm not widely read in Inspirational romance, but I had a hard time believing only two books were worthy of finalling last year. So it was nice to see RWA right the ship and color me impressed with this year's list of nominees. I personally feel there is a nice mix here, with authors of color representing, m/m nominations, and a strong showing by self-publishing. Is it all perfect and rosy? No. But I think this is a step in the right direction.
I have roughly five of the nominees in the TBR Pile of Doom. I hope to reprioritize my reading and get some of these read before I head to conference in July.
My latest list of Unusual Historicals has gone live over at Heroes & Heartbreakers. And on a similar note, in light of recent events, I've updated the disclosure page here at the Bat Cave.
I know we've hit saturation point on the latest Bombshell Du Jour here in Romancelandia, where Dear Author Jane has come out as New Adult Author Jen Frederick. My original blog post on the matter came fairly quickly on the heels of the announcement and was my way to start wrapping my own mind around how I really felt - and as can be shown in the comments I eventually fell on the side of having very strong feelings on the subject.
OK, paraphrasing wildly - but that's the gist. Here's my answer.
Nothing. I expect Jane to do nothing. She's going to make the decision she feels is best for her, her writing career and blog. And believe you me, I don't think she's going to be swayed by the fact that I feel the way I feel or someone else feels the way they feel. Here's what I think should happen and will.
We'll all make our own choices. If you loved DA before and still do - then nothing will change. If you hated DA before and still do - then nothing will change. If you were a casual DA visitor and depending on how you feel now - then you'll act accordingly. I know how I will interact with DA from this moment forward and like how all things should be in life, that's my choice and bully for me. You have choices and free will and bully for you.
What I am sorry for and continue to be sorry for are several things: 1) that people are hurt. Whether you think they have a "right" to be hurt or not is incidental. They're hurt and that sucks. 2) Gah, the tin-foil-hat-wearing DA-haters are in full froth and they make me so very tired. Hence why I haven't waded too deeply into certain comment threads and 3) that some people were put in an impossible situation of knowing but couldn't truly say anything because Jane is their friend and it wasn't their secret to tell. I get that. And honestly? It adds another layer to this for me - a layer that tastes rather bitter if I'm totally honest.
But then I think about how much I like talking about books, and the friends I've made, and things like the TBR Challenge and I buck up a bit. Yes, the wind has been getting knocked out of my sails with more frequency of late, but there's one thing you learn after 12 years of endless blathering: this too shall pass even as things begin to change. I feel strongly about this blog, my "brand" (such as it is), and how I've carried myself with readers, industry folks and authors over the years. I think the content of this blog stands on it's own merit (again, such as that is) and that my reviews and commentary speak for themselves.
No, I'm not leaving. I'm here. My wee lone voice in the wilderness, ironing my cape and polishing my tiara. Nothing stays the same. Things change. And as we learned this week: change is hard.