Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Why It Pays To Join Professional Writers Organizations

I was lucky enough to be part of a Skype conference call with author Lee Child a few weeks ago--I know, you're a little jealous. To tell you the truth, I didn't talk much. There were a few other debut authors who were asking these really smart questions, so I mostly listened.

The funny thing? I never thought that joining organizations like International Thriller Writers would do a whole lot, other than maybe make me look like I know what I'm doing. But ITW has this great debut authors program that gives you a boost by helping promote your book, find other newbies, and get advice.

From Lee Child. How cool is that?

Anthony J. Franze wrote up an article about what we learned; check it out here.

4 comments:

  1. I have thought about joining Sister in Crime but there is no local chapter-or at least one close enough to participate in anything.

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  2. I'm a member of SinC, but I'm also without a local chapter. That makes it a lot less useful...

    To be fair, I didn't join ITW, MWA, and SCBWI until I had the book deal. It felt wrong to be an associate member (or whatever they call it), plus the fees are steep for some.

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  3. I've been told that the SinC online group, The Guppies, is quite active and a good place for people without a local chapter. Which is now the case in Colorado. There is a $12 a year membership fee in addition to the SinC $40 annual fee.

    I haven't taken the plunge either. Or, I should say, DB hasn't. ;-)

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  4. Actually, the online chapter of SinC has folded (or at least the loop has)... I don't know how useful belonging to them is for others. I think I'll let my membership lapse, sorry to say.

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