According to Lynne Connolly, Triskelion author (and posted with her permission), Triskelion responded to the RWA and objected to the rejection of Bewitched, Bothered, and Bevampyred on the grounds that a Chick Lit book won a Rita last year. RWA then came up with yet another reason to reject the book-- the authors chose not to accept their royalties, donating them to charity instead.
Here are RWA's guidelines for what constitutes a "recognized publisher":
"A RITA-eligible publisher is defined as a royalty-paying publishing house that (1) is not a subsidy or vanity publisher (2) has been releasing books via national distribution for a minimum of one year, and (3) has sold a minimum of 1,500 hardcover or trade paperback copies or 5,000 copies in any other format, including print on demand, of a single romance novel or novella or collection of novellas in book form, in bona fide arms-length transactions, and continues to sell a minimum of 1,500 hardcover or trade paperback copies or 5,000 copies in any other format of a subsequent romance novel each year."
Strange. I don't see a thing in there stating the authors MUST accept their royalties. RWA has a very clear-cut guideline, and Triskelion appears to have met those guidelines. So what exactly is the problem here?