If youâ€™ve been in the writing business for awhile, youâ€™ve probably have heard of RWA … Romance Writers of America. This is an organization geared toward romance writing. Its membership is better than 10,000 strong with authors from all walks of life. Published and un-published, best sellers, midlists and those just starting out.
I think I discovered RWA in 2001 and have found it to be extremely helpful in my pursuit for publication. Sure there are problems … there always are with any type of organization, but the good it does far outweighs any of those problems.
The networking alone is invaluable, plus they have up-to-date information on publishers and agents. Articles on writing is available both on the website and in the monthly magazine, RWR.
As far as Iâ€™m concerned, attending the yearly conference is one of the most valuable things I get out of RWA. Yes, the classes and workshops are informative and terrific, but itâ€™s the opportunity to meet with old friends and make new friends … not to mention the friends youâ€™ve only known over the internet … that truly appeals to me.
All in all, I think RWA is a valuable resource for any writer and I highly recommend joining if youâ€™re at all serious about pursuing writing as a career.