Qualifying Markets

Qualifying Markets (listed below) received a questionnaire that included the following statements:

As a professional writers association, RWA stands firmly against any attempts to directly solicit RWA members to pursue vanity/subsidy publishing or other author-financed forms of publication. Publishing programs (lines, imprints or divisions) that directly solicit or refer writers to Predatory Publishing companies or other author-financed means of publication will not be allowed to participate in RWA’s annual conference as a featured publishing program.

For RWA purposes, "Predatory Publishing" means a business model based on selling products or services to authors rather than selling books to readers. Services or publishing packages offered by the entity are usually priced higher than similar services found in the open marketplace. Promises of mass-distribution, marketing services, or expertise in editorial, design and delivery of quality works made by Predatory Publishing companies are rarely fulfilled and often result in unsuccessful distribution or sales. This definition includes, but is not limited to, publishing programs that withhold or seek full or partial payment or reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties.

To learn more about RWA Qualifying Markets, contact Carol Ritter at [email protected] or call 832-717-5200, Ext. 127.

Management from the lines, imprints or divisions listed below certified to RWA that they have read and understand the above statement. They have attested that the publisher, line, imprint, or division they represent does not and will not refer RWA members to Predatory Publishing companies or author-financed publishing programs.


The following Qualifying Markets have completed the evaluation process.


Avalon Books

Bastei Lübbe AG / LYX

B & H Publishing Group

BelleBooks, Inc.
  Bell Bridge Books

Baker Publishing
  Bethany House

Blushing Books

Bold Strokes

Boroughs Publishing Group
  Lunch Box Romance

CBJ Publishing (Random House Germany)

City Owl Press

Dreamspinner Press

Droemer Knaur Publishing Group

Egmont Verlagsgesellschaften mbH

Entangled Publishing
  All Entangled Imprints

Evernight Publishing

  Guideposts Books

Hachette Book Group
  Book Shots/Little Brown and Company
  Grand Central Publishing
  Orbit/Orbit and Redhook

Hallmark Publishing

Harlequin Enterprises Limited
  Carina Press
  Harlequin Presents
  Harlequin Presents Extra
  Harlequin Romance
  Harlequin Superromance
  Harlequin American Romance
  Harlequin Intrigue
  Harlequin Heartwarming
  Harlequin Historicals
  Harlequin Historicals Undone
  Harlequin Teen
  HQN Books
  Kimani Romance
  Kimani Press
  Mills & Boon Romance
  Mills & Boon Modern
  Mills & Boon Modern Heat
  Mills & Boon Medical Romance
  Mills & Boon Historical
  Mills & Boon SuperHistorical
  Harlequin Nocturne
  Harlequin Nocturne Bites
  Harlequin Desire
  Harlequin Special Edition
  Harlequin Romantic Suspense
  Spice Briefs
  Love Inspired
  Love Inspired Suspense
  Love Inspired Historicals
  Love Inspired Classics

HarperCollins Publishers
  Avon Books
  Avon A
  Avon Inspirational
  Avon Red
  William Morrow

J' ai Lu

Kensington Publishing Corp.
  K Mass Market

Lake Union Publishing (Amazon)

Liquid Silver Books

Loose ID, LLC

Loewe-Verlag (Loewe Publishing Company)

Melange Books, LLC

Milady Romance (Bragelonne)

MLR Press

Montlake Romance (Amazon)

Omnific Publishing, LLC

Penguin Random House Group, USA
  Berkley Sensation
   Bantam Dell
  WaterBrook Multnomah

Red Sage Publishing, Inc.

Riptide Publishing

Riverdale Avenue Books

Simon & Schuster
  Pocket Books, Gallery Books
  Crimson Romance

Soul Mate Publishing

Sourcebooks, Inc.

St. Martin’s Press - MacMillan

TOR Romance - Tom Doherty Associates (Tor/Forge) - MacMillan

Tule Publishing Group

Turquoise Morning Press

United Methodist Publishing House
  Abingdon Press Fiction

Verlagsgruppe Random House

The Wild Rose Press