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I rarely comment on the happenings in #Romancelandia. I'm a lurker. But I have a few things to say and get off my chest because this weekend seriously sucked. So forgive the very long post. Eight years ago, I was in a toxic job. /1?
they never respected my feelings, belittled me and I could never trust them. My instincts were right. I sought other job opportunities, but they fired me before I could get out. I’d never been fired before. Ever. That very day I laid in my bed, arm slung over my eyes /2?
and asked God what should I do. Me and God…we’ve had these types of convos and He usually comes through. I got the strong impression that I needed to get my butt out of bed and write. Prior to that day, I’d been dabbling in writing for a few years, but day job came 1st. /3?
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Dear Romancelandia,

I have scraped the data, done the math, and made the pretties. 20 years of RITA winners, plus two of finalists. BIPOC and white.

It's as bad or worse than you think.

Follow #RITAdata! #weneeddiverseromance #ritagh #amwritingromance #ritassowhite Cover: 20 Years of RITA Data, 1999-2019, Initial Findings Mar 24, 2019
I'm not gonna lie, this data made me nauseous. The numbers are damning. But someone needed to do it and I'd rather it be me doing the labor than a marginalized person.

Captions are on for screen readers.

Let's go.

First, an introduction to what this is, why it exists, and some of the limitations of the output.

The full report, raw data, and this slideshow are available here:…

#RITAdata What is it? I't's 20 years of RITA ward winners plus two years of finalists.Limitations: This report only examines racial data, which has been determined on a best-guess basis. It's not perfect. Full details in the written report. Also, you can use my data to build on!Why do we need this? Because #RitasSoWhite. Hopefully hard data will help change some minds and spur others to action.The data includes 397 points, including 241 winners and 156 finalists.
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