I had heard rumors on various loops that Triskelion was going for RWA recognition, but when the latest list of recognized publishers went up, Triskelion wasn't on it. I emailed Jaynie R., an editor there, and here's the scoop (posted with permission): Triskelion made the required sales, but the RWA felt the book (Bewitched, Bothered, and Bevampyred) wasn't a romance.
Oh-kay. I must confess I haven't read the book, but its authors include Mary Jo Putney, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Gena Showalter, and MaryJanice Davidson. Hard to believe that book can't be categorized as a romance. Besides, RWA hasn't yet managed to clearly define what a romance is, so I'd like to know how they're so sure this book doesn't fall into that category. The RWA site currently says, "All romances have a central love story and an emotionally satisfying ending." That's not a very precise definition, and efforts to redefine romance haven't gone over so well.
Jaynie R. told me:
"Fact: It had nothing to do with our sales.
Fact: They didn't like Bewitched, Bothered and Bevampyred as a romance.
Fact: We will not give up."
Good for them. Selling so many books is a victory in and of itself for a small press. They deserve RWA recognition, and I'm sure they'll get it before too long. They have the right attitude-- don't give up, guys!