Monday, February 2, 2009

Attention, fellow GLBT authors!

I've seen this announcement floating around on various blogs. Thought I'd help spread the word:

I truly believe to achieve recognition for our genre within RWA we have to be a part of the official process and take part in the organization at a professional level. A few of us within the genre have created a google group to gage the interest in our community for support in establishing a GLBT RWA Chapter. Goals for this chapter include establishing a place to for authors of GLBT to network, learn more about what is happening in the romance industry concerning our genre, provide support and education for the authors, create a place for publishers and agents to reach the authors of this genre more easily, create workshops geared toward our writing needs, and possibly even organize writing contests at some point down the line. These are only a few of things we can accomplish together.

If you write GLBT romance and are interested in creating and supporting a chapter that focuses on the GLBT romance genre please consider joining the group so that the degree of interest can be assessed.

You do have to be a member of RWA to belong to a special interest RWA chapter but for now, we just want to see if there is sufficient interest to warrant the large effort of creating, maintaining and promoting the chapter. Whether you belong to RWA, are thinking of joining the RWA or just want to know more about the possibilities, please consider clicking on the link below and joining us for discussion.

Laura Baumbach

Go forth and join! ;)


Angie said...

I don't know, I've heard enough crap about RWA dissing their erotic het romance authors and refusing to support them, so the chances of their giving any significant official support to m/m authors seems incredibly remote to me. Maybe it'll work and maybe it won't, but I think for now I'm going to sit it out and watch. The special interest group sounds, well, interesting, but giving money to RWA National does not.

I'll spend this year poking around EPIC and seeing if anything can be done there. If I decide not, then I'll look and see how RWA is doing.

Angie, dubious

Cat Grant said...

I think the group's got a tough row to hoe, but I'm already a member of RWA, so it's not costing me anything extra to lend my support. But just between you and me, I don't expect RWA to go out of their way to make GLBT authors welcome.