Saturday, April 1, 2017

What The Romance Writers Of America Can Do For YOU

SATURDAYS IN INDY has returned!

Today I'd like to talk about joining professional romance writer associations, specifically, the RWA - Romance Writers of America. There are similar organizations in other countries, but I'm not as familiar with them so I don't feel I can speak intelligently to them.

When I first joined RWA, I wasn't published. I also didn't have a clue all the resources available to me in that organization. I joined a local chapter and was met with scorn over what I wrote. Not kidding. Also not knowing any better, I didn't realize they are most definitely NOT all like that.

Now, I belong to the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, and I couldn't be happier! They're a fabulous group of people, and it's awesome to network with local authors. It's also great to get to know writers outside of the house you write for. It gives you a global perspective on the industry.

Each year, the RWA has a national conference, packed with free goodies, educational opportunities, and networking galore!

Then, there are the two main awards - the Golden Heart and the RITA - but that's not all they have to offer their members. Each year at the conference there is the literacy signing - an event where you can hob-nob with other authors and readers. All proceeds go to helping others learn to read. What could be better?

The conference itself is jam-packed with workshops geared toward every level of writing and every imaginable interest within the romance genre. You learn from the best of the best. There's swag to pick up, and you have the chance to give away your own, as well. You can book an appointment with an editor and an agent to pitch a story idea. And the best part is simply BEING THERE to soak up all the energy and creativity of hundreds of other romance authors.

RWA offers far more than the annual conference. Here is their website link. Take a look around. Members have access to articles and seminars offered online, at your convenience. They have access to the latest news from agents and editors. There are resources offering classes in everything from learning the craft to becoming savvy in the business. There are even products you can buy with the RWA brand. Plus, there's a link to a vendor where you can order custom-branded products to offer readers, all at a substantial discount for RWA members!

The cost is what puts some off, but I look at it this way. For less than $120 a year, I can belong to both the RWA and IRWA, and take advantage of all they have to offer. That's $10 a month. Most of us spend almost $10 on our morning coffee order at Starbucks.

So if you live in the USA and are serious about your writing career, consider joining the RWA, plus a local chapter. There are even online chapters you can join! You'll be surprised at the resources and friendships available to you.

Until next week, enjoy your Saturday!

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