I am currently a member of only two fee-charging writers organisations, having recently joined EPIC prior to attending this years convention--and having recently renewed my membership of Romance Writers of New Zealand. I am also a member of free groups including the Erotic Authors Association and Speculative Romance. I have long considered joining RWA but each time I am reaching for my check book they do something that puts me off. Ditto on my dithering over subscribing to Romantic Times now that both my local news agents have stopped carrying it. The way in which erotic romance titles are being reviewed and the ban on gay romance keeps giving me a vibe that I am just not TSoP (their sort of people) despite my very regular purchases from the romance shelves, multiple romance publications and lifelong support of the genre.
My thinking is this. Membership fees are a tangible support of an organisation in return I must receive either tangible benefits worth the money, or I need to feel I want to support the group for its ideals and benefits to others. Currently that means the only subscription fee I intend to keep paying is to RWNZ. As an ex-pat I don't get a lot of tangible benefits but I strongly support the way in which they represent romance writing in New Zealand. This is a country strongly oriented towards literary fiction of a certain type, and genre writers need collectives such as RWNZ which all but vibrates with positive energy and is stuffed full of successful multi-published authors. As soon as I am back there I will be attending local chapter and national meetings. I also had that joyful of experience of asking whether they accept writers of gay romance--the experience where one is met with a response of total bemusement as to why they wouldn't.
But I am very curious to know which organisations other erotic romance writers have joined and whether they have felt the tangible or intangible benefits were worth the time or money invested. Which groups do you think we should link to as resources for novice writers?
[NEWS] EPIC passed all recent amendment by a vote of about 20% of the membership. This includes allowing writers of short fiction to join and allowing publishers to have voting rights.