I have just renewed my RWA membership. This will be my third year as a member and it was a tough decision as to whether or not to rejoin, mainly because money is so tight.
Was it worth the US$ 85??
If you'd have asked me the week after the Reno conference I might have said no. Mainly because the awards dinner made me feel like I was an outsider, on the fringe of the group and that my opinions were not welcome. Then some of the fall-out from the dinner started and I realized I was far from alone--after all Jenny Crusie and Nora Roberts also spoke out against the bad taste of the ceremony.
And then I wondered what was RWA doing for me? And I realized that there was so much industry information packed between the covers of the RWR (Romance Writers Report) and on some of the loops, that I actually took that whole wealth of knowledge for granted--as if I'd always had it at my fingertips.
Bad--do not take knowledge for granted! Knowledge is power :)
And there was my Chapter--Kiss of Death (whose publicity committee I am on and who might not be pleased if I decided to suddenly take a hike, LOL).
So I rejoined RWA, though I am less ingenious than I was.
And I noticed tonight, having just packaged up a partial for Kate Duffy at Kensington, that rather than feeling the thrill of excitement about possibilities for the future, I have this flat sick feeling in my stomach. Have I lost my innocence? Or is my cold just getting the better of me? Or maybe the blocked sewer from this morning?
Not sure, but tomorrow I'm taking a time out from writing, finishing off a website and being a mom.