Month: February 2014

SFWA blows up…again.

For the last year, pretty much coinciding with my determination to make this writing thing really happen, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has been embroiled with multiple strings of ugly controversies involving sexism, racism and the unfortunate growing pains of a changing marketplace and industry. Full disclosure: currently, I can’t join SFWA, because I’m a hybrid author who doesn’t meet their minimum qualifications for book advances, something that I don’t see changing until they modify their requirements to be more inclusive of self-publishing and indie-publishing. (Hugh Howey, making $40K a month from his Wool series, wouldn’t have qualified either before he signed his recent print publication deal–they really do need to update their by-laws, which currently exclude a whole lot of authors who might otherwise benefit from membership.) So I am an outsider, and I’ve never been a member of the organization. That does not mean, however, that I don’t look to the organization, and that I don’t expect them to represent my interests. I do. I find Writers Beware to be …