For those who don't know what RWA is, it stands for Romance Writers of America. I've been a member since 1994...and find myself wondering if I want to remain a member.
Which way should I go?
Can you publish without being a member? Yes.
Have I found them helpful in the past? Yes...but not the recent past.
Has any fan ever asked me if I'm a member at a book signing or anywhere else? No.
Their magazine is full of interesting articles...but I now have access to so many interesting articles on the Internet.
Their switch to forums/whatever they call the new system they use is somewhat confusing and annoying. I've dropped out of a group that used their system because I felt it was time consuming to "join" different themed forums/loops/whatever.
PAN. I'm a member. Got in before the decision to make it hard for ebook authors.
Twice (with two chapters), people were removed as members...without the other members knowing why. When I asked for answers, they went unanswered. When I asked for help with one chapter seriously depleted by their actions, I got no response.
The past five years, I've paid my dues, only because I'd miss my local chapter. I stopped going to the big RWA conferences after the shabby way epubs were treated in 2007 (?). While RWA is improving in it's attitude toward epubs (and I think that's due to the advent of Carina Press - a Harlequin imprint), there's still a long way to go.
I'm annoyed that RWA can't create a category for erotic romance. The reason given to me? They couldn't come up with a definition of erotic romance. Lame excuse, and pitiful.
The Golden Heart Contest is a great contest. The RITA...more of a popularity contest...makes it difficult for epubs to enter since most have ebooks done first, and print versions published later. It's a matter of timing, and this makes it hard for epubs to even think about entering the RITA.
So many things to consider. More in the minus column than in the plus column.
In the end, I'll probably join for another year...because of my local chapter...hoping for better treatment/acceptance of epubs.
These are just my opinions. What do you think?
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