Good Morning, Afternoon or Evening depending on your location. Last Thursday I discussed a bit about conferences. Today I'm going to discuss and ask your opinions on writing organizations.
There are several out there and like anything else you have to find the one that fits you. I belong to Romance Writers of America, (RWA). When I began my foray into writing--after wanting to for years--I didn't even know such a thing existed. Can you say green? And I don't mean environmentally conscience. I mean pretty much dumb as far as the workings of how to get published. So I Googled Agents and started at the 'A's' need I say more.
Then I found RWA and found out all kinds of information. Some good. And some bad, and some just not for me. Through the years I've learned to sort through the information, like sorting socks. The wholy ones go in one pile, the miss matched ones in and another and the pairs are the keepers.
But I've also found I don't necessarily write romance yes I usually have a hero and a heroine, but they don't always meet during the first chapter, etc. And they don't always ride off into the sunset to have little babies either.
Do I quit RWA? Not on your life. Their network is far reaching and the information about agents, editors, the industry alone makes it worth every penny. I belong to the local Utah RWA chapter. In fact I'm their president, I'm still not sure how that happened, anyway their support and friendship helps me through any writing crisis.
No matter what I write.
Did I mention I finally met my dream agent at our local Utah RWA conference last fall and have since signed with Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency.
There are a lot of other organizations out there, and I intend to continue to explore them. I'd like to belong to Mystery Writers of America and several others. The information I have and network oppotunity the further my career will soar, in my opinion anyway.