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Well, according to Seressia Glass… Not many of you.

She writes:

So, were you one of the readers who saw a black author, and moved right along? You probably did, and weren’t even aware of your sub-conscious choice. Which is pretty sad I think.

The more things change, the more they stay the same I guess.

The question is a rhetorical one by the way…

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  • Anne
    May 1
    11:31 pm

    Wow, Karen. Maybe people didn’t stop by her table because, like me, they didn’t know who she was. If I know the author’s name I would stop and chat whether they are black, white, green, orange, blue, pink, or purple.
    Though none of this really applies to me as I wasn’t at RT, I felt the need to post that I hadn’t even heard of the author until your blog.

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  • Eva Gale
    May 1
    11:32 pm

    I heard many authors/publisher say that, so I don’t think it’s a racisim thing.

    Even authors that you would be surrised at said people asked who they were.

    It just is.

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  • Eva Gale
    May 1
    11:34 pm

    Even well known authors, that you would be surprised at, said people asked who they were.

    *smack forehead here*

    There we go. Spelling and all.

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  • Teddy Pig
    May 2
    1:08 am

    Is it true they took down the Gay Romance promotional display?

    Hmmmmmmm, I wonder did RT fight the hotel over that or support it?

    Bah, who cares it’s only fags. Right?

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  • Eve Vaughn
    May 2
    1:17 am

    I think a lot of authors got bypassed. I was fortunate enough to sell out on one of my books, which happened to have a black heroine on the cover, but then again it was paranormal and erotic. Maybe it would have been different if it was straight contemp. I don’t know. It’s really hard to tell since I’m still so green at these signings, but for those who didn’t buy my books, I was pleased at how many who stopped by and at least to read the blurbs. Possible future readers I guess.

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  • Jordan Summers
    May 2
    1:29 am

    I saw a bunch of people get bypassed and it didn’t have a thing to do with race. A lot of books just weren’t moving this year. I bypassed a ton of people, including one of my friends. Wince. I was looking for certain authors and certain books because I had a limited book buying budget this year.

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  • Patrice Michelle
    May 2
    2:37 am

    I didn’t sell as many books as I usually do (so thank you to those readers who stopped by and bought my books! 🙂 ). Out of the three books I had, only one of them was new this year. I also heard from other authors that they didn’t sell as much this year. The book signing didn’t seem as crowded as it was in years past either. Maybe all this has to do with the fact that there were a lot of books given away at RT this year.

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  • Anonymous
    May 2
    5:08 pm

    Heaven to Becky, everybody knows black romance authors are never treated differently by readers or anybody else because of their race!

    There is no such thing as racism, we are much to ladylike, nice and good ever to be that way. How dare people imply we’re racists 🙁

    Romance readers treat black romance authors just like they treat any other romance author. I swear I can hardly go on the Internet without hearing about one of them or their books anymore.

    They’ve been complaining about the same thing happening at conferences for years. All they want is attention.

    What I don’t know is what they expect. We let them in and even allow them to participate. They’re published for their own kind, aren’t they? What more can they want, the whiners?

    If they were as good as we are, they would be treated equally, so there.

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  • Alison
    May 2
    7:28 pm

    I didn’t get to go 🙁 but my husband went to the booksigning on Saturday and came home with a lot of fun pictures. He is L.A. Banks’ webmaster, so he chatted up authors who’ve been in anthologies with her, and said Beverly Jenkins was one of his fave people all day.

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  • Seressia
    May 3
    2:44 am

    Allison,

    I actually met your husband and he snapped a picture of me with the anthology I did with L.A. Banks. He was very nice and I took his card.

    *********************************

    I did say on my blog that my paranormal sold well (despite the one lady being upset that I wasn’t, in fact, L.A. Banks) and this signing was better for me than other RTs I’ve attended in the past. I’ve already committed to Pittsburgh next year.

    I was not trying to cry “oh woe is me” or point out racism. Let’s face it, black folks passed me by too. If I get mad at them for not buying me because we’re “the same,” then my argument that ANY romance reader could enjoy my books won’t hold much water, will it? 🙂

    The point of my blog post (which I obviously didn’t state well) is to wonder if Toni Morrison’s quote is true. Do black women really write differently? Is there a real or perceived difference? I think it’s been said here and elsewhere that people thought they couldn’t relate to the stories, so obviously someone thinks it’s true.

    I want the dialogue to be on that, not on whether I think I was snubbed (I don’t) or had a bad experience (I didn’t) or whether I belong (I sure fucking do).

    That being said, that post is the second highest viewing my blog’s ever received, second to IR marriages surging across the US. Can’t people visit me when I’m being nice and perky and posting normal writing quotes of the week? (that’s rhetorical)

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  • Shiloh Walker
    May 3
    2:52 am

    Can’t people visit me when I’m being nice and perky and posting normal writing quotes of the week? (that’s rhetorical)

    ;p

    I guess nice and perky just isn’t noteworthy.

    Karen’s nice posts don’t get many comments compared to her that her… ahhh….more opinionated posts.

    I didn’t get to RT this year. It’s too far away, lasts too long and costs more money than i want to spend~it was a choice between a family trip at the beach or a biz trip to Texas. The beach won.

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  • Anonymous
    May 3
    10:00 pm

    Seressia,

    To answer your question…then I’m going to go hide in the closet because somebody will get mad at me, but you asked, so I’ll give you my honest answer.

    I’ve read several AA authors, and honestly would like to read more…and yes often there is a difference in language, attitudes, and ummm motivation.

    Sometimes enough differences that they pull me out of the story, which I find annoying. Then again, I have experienced this alot lately, seems to be a symptom of developing authors and/or editors.

    I’ll try yours, what name to you write under?

    -dl

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  • Leigh Ellwood
    May 4
    1:57 am

    I’m white, and people crowded my table…because they were waiting to meet my neighbor Marjorie Liu.

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  • Seressia
    May 4
    3:02 am

    DL, I write under my own name (guess I’m a masochist) Seressia Glass.

    Leigh, I was next to Rebecca York since they had her seated as Ruth Glick. I enjoyed petting her wolf puppet.

    Karen, would you mind reviewing No Commitment Required and telling everyone how badly it sucked? I’d appreciate it!!

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