Friday, February 25, 2011
The Friday Five
Recently, my publisher, Barbour, took out ad space in the Romance Sells Magazine that is sent to librarians and book-buyers in order to start the promotion of my upcoming release A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas, due out this September.
Romance Sells is published by the Romance Writers of America, a writer's organization that boasts more than 10,000 members worldwide.
As a brand-new member of the RWA, I'm still learning my way around, but I'm already finding some valuable resources and information.
So today's Friday Five is:
Five benefits of belonging to writers' organizations.
1. Networking--a.k.a. making new friends who love the same things you do.
2. Education. Both the RWA and the ACFW offer courses, industry information, and instruction in the craft of writing and selling fiction.
3. Professionalism. Belonging to professional organizations calls upon a writer to think of herself as a professional and helps others to view her as the same.
4. Contests that are recognized in the industry. The ACFW Genesis and Carol Awards and the RWA Rita and Golden Heart Awards are well-recognized. Finaling or winning in one of these contests fill out an author's resume nicely.
5. Conferences. I've not been to an RWA conference, but I've been to many ACFW Conferences, and it has become a highlight of my year. Meeting with friends and editors and agents, listening to the speakers, and fellowshipping with 500+ fellow writers is fun, exhilerating, exhausting, memorable, and so much more. I hope never to miss an ACFW conference if I can help it.
So, question for you: Do you belong to a professional organization? What benefits have you gleaned?