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RWA: We Should Do Better

Some of you may know about the implosion that has been happening with Romance Writers of America (RWA) since before Christmas (and really for years). For any who don’t know and are interested, there is a good recap that is a list of the daily events with links to posts or other documentation. This is being updated daily.

RWA RECAP

I have been a member of RWA since 2013 and have served on several boards and committees or helped run events through the years. I have made countless friends, established professional connections, and seen my career flourish thanks to workshops I’ve learned from, events I’ve attended, and the people who’ve helped me along the way.

And I am heart-stricken to say I, like so many, have been blind to the fact that other RWA members who fall into various marginalized groups have not had the same experience.

Here’s the thing…I can’t say I am surprised.

As a woman, I have experienced microaggressions and discrimination in many situations–as a previous professional in the male-dominated tech industry, but also as a woman dealing with (sadly) other women. Some overt, like being blocked for jobs or opportunities. Some so subtle it made me want to scream. All it takes is a look or a comment, something others in the room miss, but you know was targeted at you. Even careless remarks, unintended to hurt, can carry a great deal of sting.

Writers, of all people, should understand that words matter.

Even within RWA (with all the good experiences I’ve had) starting as a self-published author, I was made by some to feel that wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t a “real” author. And it felt awful.

How much more terrible for any person to experience any kind of exclusion or discrimination over and over and over about who they intrinsically are. In small, subtle ways and larger, explicit ones. In personal ways and from the organization that is supposed to be helping and providing a safe space for all.

In a genre promoting love and hope, why are we not seeing it for everyone? Love is love is love.

Regardless of who is or is not at fault, the ways in which both sides have handled things, and whether or not RWA as an organization can rise from the ashes of this fallout and regain the trust of its membership, it seems to me one thing is clear–we should do better.

I should do better.

As an author who falls in the white, heterosexual, able-bodied group (ADHD is something I’ve been lucky enough to learn to use for me rather than battle against, so I don’t personally count that for myself), I should work the hardest and be the most determined to do better.

I have friends and family, loved ones close to me, who fall into a myriad of marginalized groups, and I want to do better for them. As an author, whose works are read by total strangers who might then go out into the world and reflect my words, I want to do better for them. I know I will stumble and mess up and show my ignorance and get things wrong as I go, but please know that I am trying.

I am a far, far cry from perfect and, while I would sincerely hope not, have no doubt that contained in the 30+ previous works of mine are microaggressions or offenses thanks to ignorance, carelessness, or a perception of the world seen through privileged rose-colored glasses. Absolutely unintended, but that doesn’t matter if my words caused harm. If I hurt anyone with my words, spoken or written, or with my actions, I unequivocally apologize. I will also be continuing to listen, to educate myself, and to read back through my old works to fix them as I am able (something I had already started prior to this).

The situation imploding RWA is complicated, messy, ugly, and heartbreaking. It is a difficult time for members as we all decide what is best not only for ourselves personally and professionally, but for our chapter(s), and the organization as a whole. Readers, please know that we also keep you in our thoughts as we move forward and strive to do better.

My Awesome Nerds



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JOIN THE AWESOME NERDS

For my superfans who want to interact with me more and don’t want to miss a thing, I have a Facebook fan group. This group is for readers who share a love for romance novels, happily ever afters, and, in particular, my books (under the following pen names / genres)!

AWESOME NERDS RULES:To make sure this is a welcoming, inclusive, lovely place to be in a social media world that seems to be getting increasingly nasty, please be aware of the following group rules: 

YOU ARE AWESOME! 💋

Please know how much I appreciate you!The fact that you loved one of my books enough to read another one, let alone bother to follow me in any way, let alone want to hang out online, blows my mind. Seriously!As every author does, I pour my heart and soul into my books, and anyone who loves them, is touched by them in some way, and is happy to join in that passion is a friend indeed!

PLAY NICE AND BE RESPECTFUL 🤗

This is a fun group filled with fun-loving folks. Because I write a variety of romance genres and heat levels, I expect that we’ll have a variety of romance readers in here who also have a variety of experiences, backgrounds, preferences, opinions, and so forth. We are HUMAN awesome nerds, and that is a cool thing.Respectful disagreement is allowed. Bickering, name-calling, condescension, discrimination and/or any other behavior along those lines will not be tolerated. Be kind and respectful. If you can’t be kind or respectful, do not comment. 

TYPES OF POSTS 📰

This is a place for folks to come together and share and nerd out. I will be posting regularly, of course. BUT I hope you will feel free to post any time you want. Funny memes, questions for me, comments for me, interactions with other group members, and so forth. Posts do not always have to be about my books, either. There are some specific restrictions below, but otherwise, have fun and make friends! 

GROUP APPROPRIATENESS – PG to R 🔥

If you are under 18, get permission from your parent/guardian to be in this group.Be forewarned, while I write sweet contemporaries and adore that world (and will definitely be posting about that in here with PG posts), I also write adult books, written for and enjoyed by adults.While the goal is that the overall atmosphere of the group will hang around a PG-13 rating, it will occasionally slide into R rated territory. That includes the occasional hard swear word, sexy teasers or excerpts, provocative pictures, and sexually suggestive jokes or innuendos. This is all intended in a spirit of fun and not to make anyone uncomfortable. By the same token, do NOT post anything X-rated. No private parts that are fully revealed. No porn.

SPOILER ALERTS 💘

Hell hath no fury like a reader spoiled! I want you to feel free to talk about any and all of my books and series, but be sensitive to the fact that not everyone in the group may be as far along as you are. With that in mind…Please put “SPOILER ALERT FOR (whichever book/series)” at the top of any posts that contain spoilers so other members know they’re reading at their own peril.

  • New Releases – Please avoid posting any spoilers until a few weeks after release.
  • Backlist Books – If a book has been out for a while feel free to post any time, but include the spoiler alert if needed.

 SHARE, BUT WITH DISCRETION 💞

I love shares and love anyone who brings new readers into the group or introduces new readers to my books! That said, please do NOT share anything outside this group if I have specified it as either exclusive content OR as a sneak peek or preview. I’ll let you know when things are ready to go live to the public! 

NO SOLICITATION OR SELF-PROMOTION 🚫

This is not the place to sell or promote anything. If you post a product or service for sale, the post will be deleted and you will be removed from the group. 

NO ADVERTISING FOR OTHER AUTHORS 🚫

This one is a little tricky, because we all love books and want to share when we find good ones. It can be tempting to post about a book you just read, because if you enjoyed it, other Awesome Nerds may too. But there’s a fine line between gushing about a book you love with your friends and actively advertising for another author.Because it’s almost impossible to create a rule that distinguishes enthusiasm from advertisement 100% of the time, there will be no posting about other author’s books or series allowed in this group. Repeated violations of this rule will lead to removal from the group.Exceptions to this rule:

  • Occasionally I will share links to books or authors I personally recommend (not as often as I do on my public FB page). Please feel free to comment on the posts when I do.
  • I will also periodically post asking for group recommendations for excellent romance novels.
  • And, every so often, I may host a guest author into the group to give you a party.

NO BASHING OTHER AUTHORS 🚫

On the flip side from the previous rule, no bashing other authors in this group or leaving dishonest reviews on places like Goodreads or book retailers in a misguided attempt to pump up any of my brands or pen names. We LOVE authors here!

FREEBIE CHASERS – THIS IS NOT FOR YOU 🚫

If you are a freebie chaser and only invite other freebie chasers, this is not the group for you.The point of this group is about loving my books and the characters and worlds I create and sharing that passion and a passion for romance novels and happily ever afters with each other. I am a big fan of giveaways (especially when I know they’re going to readers who actually read my books). I plan to do exclusive and special giveaways just for my Awesome Nerds by offering up some pretty sweet goodies, but that’s not the point. The point is the fantastic books! 

GIVEAWAY & GAMES DISCLAIMERS & RULES 🤪

Facebook is in no way associated with any of my giveaways, games, or posts in this group.All winners will be randomly drawn from participants in the game/giveaway post and announced in the comments of that giveaway/game post by the time I specificy on the post.Winners will have 7 days from the time of the announcement of winner(s) to contact me to claim your prize(s). Otherwise, prizes are forfeit.

WHEN TO CONTACT ME 📧

I want to make sure this group remains fun and easy to be part of. Please contact me at author@abigailowen.com if and/or when…

  • You think someone has posted something inappropriate for the group.
  • You have an issue with something or someone that you aren’t able to resolve.
  • You want to post something but you aren’t sure it’s allowed.
  • Any other questions you might have!

HAVE FUN! 🥂🎇This group is meant to be fun. I want you to feel at home here and to foster friendships with other members (because guess what, you already have something in common)! I want this to be one of the places you look forward to visiting every day.



New Tagline: Sassy. Sexy. Seductive.

While I was in the process of splitting out my personalities, I realized something… I needed a new tagline for both personalities. Originally, as Abigail Owen, the tagline I chose was:

love…write. read. imagine.

I picked that tagline because it was generic. At the time I had no intention of writing under multiple pen names. Obviously, I changed my mind. *grin*

So when I started creating my new logo for my new contemporary romance pen name, Kadie Scott, it struck me that with my pen names being genre-specific, I should have taglines which were genre-specific.

For Kadie Scott, I already had an idea of what I wanted included. So the tagline for that persona was easy.

Sassy. Sexy. Seductive.

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My Abigail Owen new tagline was a bit tougher as I couldn’t decide between several. In the end, I had my newsletter subscribers for Abigail vote. If you want to see what that ended as, visit my website.

I’m thrilled with both taglines, and had a ton of fun picking them. Hopefully they stick. Lol.