Sorry for the mess. We’re updating the website for RSJ 2016 in Detroit!
Stay tuned! More to come.
Named after the co-founder of the Romance Slam Jam Conference, the Emma Awards is THE premier awards event for readers and authors of Black romance.
Cover of the Year
The Preacher’s Promise by Piper G Huguley
Inspirational Romance of the Year
Unbreak My Heart by Rhonda McKnight
Interracial Romance of the Year
All You’ll Ever Need by Sharon C. Cooper
Sequel of the Year
Shifter’s Claim by A. C. Arthur
Suspense of the Year
Truth or Consequences by Sharon C. Cooper
Indulge Me Tonight by AlTonya Washington
Hero of The Year
Brock Brick Avery; from Brick House by Keith Thomas Walker
Heroine of the Year
Rochelle Delaney “Roc” from The Book of Joshua II by Iris Bolling
Book of The Year
Hero by Deatri King-Bey
Debut Author of the Year
Book Club of the Year
Cillia’s Book Maniacs
Special Award, present to Deatri King-Bey
Author of the Year
T-Shirt and Booklet ORDERS ARE CLOSED
Can’t make it to Romance Slam Jam 2015 to celebrate 20 years of Black romance with us? Don’t miss out on your collectors T-shirt and booklet.
Between now and March 12, we are taking orders. Be sure to include your mailing address when you make your payment. Shipping is $6.
If you’d like more than one T-shirt, do not use the below button. Let me know the quantity, sizes and mailing address at ORDERS CLOSED (Remove spaces) and I’ll email an invoice.
You DO NOT need to have a PayPal account in order to purchase a 20 year anniversary T-shirt. You can also pay with a credit card. From the payment form, in the bottom right corner choose the option to pay with a card.
I can officially say Romance Slam Jam is THIS MONTH! Woot, woot! I’m ready. Are you?
I see Yvette is busy sending out emails to those who are registered to choose whose table they would like to sit at during the keynote luncheon.
Barbara is contacting registered authors to arrange the final schedule. Once the schedule is final, it will be emailed to those who are registered. I’ll also be sending out a call for Volunteers to help with the conference. We need people to take tickets at events. Help with registration. Moderate… The event is all volunteers.
I’m meeting with the hotel to go over our menu again.
Yep, there’s LOTS going on. Regular registration has ended, but I will not be changing over the website until tonight (1 March), so if you haven’t registered and plan to attend, get your registration in and save $50. We still haven’t reached 176 attendees. That magic 176th person gets their registration fee waived for 2016! Will it be you?
Talking about registration, there are two parts to registration. After you pay the fee, you must also complete the registration form or we have no way of tying your payment back to you. If you pay under one name (for example your pen name or husbands name) but then register under a different name, be sure to indicate that in the comments section of the form.
We aren’t waiting for the Slam Jam to start the fun. Who likes crossword puzzles? We have two RSJ History Crossword puzzles for you. Bring your answers to the Slam Jam (don’t forget to put your name on the top of the sheet) and turn them in as you pick up your registration packet. A winner will be drawn at the Pep Rally on Friday (you must be in attendance). I’ll post the answers after the conference. HINT: The History page of the RSJ site is a good place to start looking for the answers.
Big shout out to Paulette Nunlee of 5 Star Proofing for creating and donating the crossword puzzles. http://fivestarproofing.com
I know some of you wait until the last minute. It’s all good. Let’s do this.
Okay, that’s it for me for now. A few days before the conference, I’ll email you with any additional information you’ll need. I’ll also post it on the website. Up next we have our Host Check In with Keith Thomas Walker!
See you in Dallas!
It’s almost that time. Can you believe March is already here? With springtime comes the birds and the bees and plenty of romance, and there’s no better place to celebrate than the Romance Slam Jam in Dallas! I’ll be here (actually I’m already here), along with a lot of your favorite authors and best book friends. We’ve got tons of awesome activities planned this year. If you still haven’t registered yet, what the heck are you waiting for? You don’t want to be sitting at home watching all of the fun from our Facebook posts. Trust me, you’ll regret it later. For everyone who’s already registered and booked your flights and hotel, I can’t wait to see you in the Lone Star State! We’re gonna have a rootin’ tootin’ good time. You may never want to leave!
Keith Thomas Walker
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February has arrived, and the Slam Jam is NEXT MONTH! My does time fly! I can hardly wait to see my RSJ Family!
You know the Pep Rally I’ve been talking about that we’re having at the Slam Jam? Well, did I mention that the first person who registered for RSJ 2015 will have their registration fee waived for RSJ 2016? No, really. I didn’t? Silly me. Last year we had 175 people register for the Slam Jam, so whoever is the 176 person to register this year will have their registration fee waived for RSJ 2016.
That’s not all. Since this is our 20th Anniversary, whoever our 200th registrant for RSJ 2015 will have their 2016 registration fee waived and we’ll also be reaching back to waive the 20th registrants fee for 2016! That’s not it. Guess what happens when we hit 220. Registrant 220’s registration fee for 2016 will be waive AND we’ll be doing a drawing for another fee waiving at the Pep Rally. Once we hit 250. Yep, you guessed it. Registrant 250 gets their 2016 registration fee waived and another fee waive will be put in the pot for a drawing.
Our largest Slam Jam to date was the 2008 Slam Jam in Chicago with 298 attendees. If we hit 300 this year, the 300th registrant’s fee for 2016 will be waived and three more fee waives go into the pot for the drawing.
The overwhelming majority of our registrations usually occur during February. Our next milestone is 176 registrants. So you have LOTS of opportunities. Will you be one of the winners? Register today!
Seating at the Keynote Luncheon is going to be done a little differently this year. We have fifteen authors who will each be hosting a table during the luncheon. Early March, we’ll be sending out invitations to those who are registered to select which author they’d like to dine with. View the list of Keynote Luncheon Feature Authors.
YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES
This year we’ll have a photographer to take portraits and candid shots of our events. The 5×7 portraits cost $15 and can fit up to three people per picture. Your picture will be ready for you the next day, and those taken on Saturday will be mailed. There will be an appointment sheet so you don’t have to stand around waiting for your picture. A collection of candid shots of our events will be $40, in CD format and mailed.
Next Sunday (Feb. 8) the ballots to vote for Cover, Debut Author and Author of the year go out to those who are currently registered or who have attended any Slam Jam since 2008. Be on the lookout!
Don’t forget that some of our RSJ Book Clubs have chosen titles to discuss during the Slam Jam. Be sure to get your read on!
SPREAD THE WORD
Please spread the word about the Slam Jam. There are so many more who would love to join the Romance Slam Jam Family who don’t even know we are here!
That’s all, Folks
Up next is the host check in with Evelyn Palfrey.
See you in DALLAS
Romance Slam Jam 2015 is only a few weeks away, and this is my last host check-in before the great event.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Despite some sadness and loss, and the usual annoyances, I sure did. Now, the Christmas cards have been taken off the mantle and donated for crafts projects. The Christmas tree and decorations are safely ensconced in the attic for another year. Seeds for the Spring garden have been ordered. Right now, it’s a balmy 70 degrees—but 32 predicted for tonight. Texas weather is variable this time of year. But it evens out by March. Onward!
Today, I am going through my t-shirt drawer to find all of my shirts from previous RSJs. My intention is to wear the oldest one I have, but if it’s not ‘presentable,’ I’ll choose the one I think is prettiest to wear on Throwback Thursday. Or maybe I’ll just bring them all. I’m getting excited just thinking about it!
Every Slam Jam I’ve attended has been different—and even more fun—than the one before. I expect this one will be even more so. There are new activities planned, and new twists on standard ones. Did I mention that I’m excited??
I am thinking of friends I have met through RSJ, some of whom I’ve now known for nearly two decades! And some I met just last year in New Orleans. I am looking forward to seeing them—and to making new friends who love Black romance. Did I mention that I’m excited???
Hope to see you there.
Romance Slam Jam 2016
Recent Slam Jam Posts
- Save the Date RSJ 2016 April 12, 2015
- Congratulations 2015 Emma Award Winners April 12, 2015
- RSJ 20 Year Anniversary T-Shirts and Booklets March 5, 2015
- Romance Slam Jam News March March 1, 2015
- Host Check In March 1, 2015
- Romance Slam Jam News – February 2015 February 1, 2015
- Host Check In February 1, 2015
- RSJ 2015 Keynote Luncheon Featuring Speaker Gwendolyn Osborne January 26, 2015
- Passing of a Black Romance Pioneer January 17, 2015
- Romance Slam Jam News – January January 3, 2015
- Host Check In January 3, 2015
- RSJ Family Book Club Book Discussions by Regina Hart January 3, 2015