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.


  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.

  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.

  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. ;-)

  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.