Dear RNIC Readers,
As many of you already know, several weeks ago, Delaney Diamond, the founder of Romance Novels in Color, announced that this site would be closing as of January 31st. Prior to the official announcement, Delaney let the current RNIC staff know that she would love to see the site continue, and offered to transition management. Faced with this decision, I did what I do best…I procrastinated…
Taking over a blog like RNIC is a HUGE decision. I first joined RNIC in 2014 after spending months visiting the site and enjoying the content. I was impressed with what Delaney and the team created and wanted to be a part of it. After several weeks of nervous waffling, I cantaced Delaney and pitched the idea of joining the team as an industry news blogger. I was thrilled when she agreed and welcomed me with open arms.
Since then, I’ve watched RNIC grow and have been honored to be part of the team and mission statement. Because no matter how much we grew, the one thing that remained steadfast, was Delaney’s original goal for RNIC:
We’re romance lovers who advance the awareness and appreciation of diversity in romance novels. The hero or heroine of all romance novels on this site will be a person of color.
These two simple sentences encompass everything I love about this website. The prospect of RNIC closing its doors was heartbreaking, and for a while I truly believed that it wasn’t happening. But then the official “closing” newsletter went out and I was in shock. I was left in swirl of emotions and could barely sit still.
That newsletter was the impetus I needed to finally think clearly. After some long talks with my husband, some fellow authors and readers, and a long look at my writing career plans, I made a decision, followed by a frenzied email to Delaney. I wanted to take over the management of RNIC…and Delaney agreed!
As of January 1st, I will be taking over the management of Romance Novels in Color. Roxy Wilson and Kimberlee Stevenson will be staying on in their current roles, while Delaney Diamond, MJ Kane, Anna D and Tia Kelly, will be moving on to focus on other endeavors. We wish them all the best, and of course, we will always welcome them at RNIC in other capacities. So ladies don’t be strangers.
I’m sure you all have a lot of questions. I’m hoping that this post will answer the most pressing ones.
- Laurel is this for real? Yes. No if, ands, or buts. My decision wasn’t made in haste and I have no intention of taking it back. RNIC is here to stay.
- Will you have time to dedicate to RNIC? I sure as hell hope so. If you follow me on social media, you know that I’ve been speaking of transitioning from self-publishing to a more traditional route for a while now. 2016 was going to be that year for me, so really, this is perfect timing. RNIC deserves real attention and I want to see it continue to grow.
- Will you be changing RNIC? Yes and No. Delaney has left some mighty big shoes to fill. I’ll be maintaining the current format of RNIC, but my tech nerd self will probably add a few things as well. I hope to continue the video posts we began last year, and maybe throw in a few podcasts this year as well. But, overall I plan on keeping RNIC as is. Since we have some staff leaving, there will also be inherent changes as I bring in new people to fill those roles. As they come on board, I’ll put up introductory posts, so that you can all “cyber” meet them.
- Will book reviews continue? Yes. Reviews have always been a big part of this site. Lovers of romance can’t help recommending favorite reads, and we at RNIC are no different.
- Can authors and publishers still advertise? Yes. Like the reviews, we want to to be able to share new stories with our readers and visitors. Author advertisement help us do that by showcasing new books available for us all to get lost in 🙂 If you’re an author interested in advertising check out our options here. If you are a reader interested in sharing your thoughts on romance contact us here for guest post options.
- Will the mission statement change? NOPE! RNIC has a necessary and needed place in the blogosphere. I have no intention of changing the original mission statement of this blog. The aim will always be to “advance the awareness and appreciation of diversity in romance novels“. That includes authors and books featuring people of color and other under-represented minorities in publishing.
Feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments section below, or contact RNIC directly via our “Contact Us” form. I look forward to keeping RNIC open and interacting more with all of you!
Warm & Excited Regards,
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”