Membership doesn't get you through the velvet rope any quicker

Does it matter to you if I am a card carrying member of RWA? Like, will it put me to the top of the slush pile, or will I get filed right alongside the non-RWA members?

The slush pile is stacked up (or down actually) in order received. You can be a card carrying poodle and rise to the top of my slush pile...eventually.

RWA membership is good for a lot of things but slush pile priority isn't one of them. Other agents may differ on this one.


mcbun said...

So that's how you came by Killer Yapp! Hey all, send a poodle with your submission next time, success guaranteed.

Alas, I will never be agented, poodles being forbidden in Rabbitania (they tend to eat the citizens). How about a nice lop ear, instead?

Kendall said...

[snark:on]For $100, anyone can join RWA; it had better not matter to any legitimate agent or editor....[snark:off]

Anonymous said...

Same with being a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators). Even being a full member--you have to have three shorts or articles or one book published--doesn't really open doors. You can list those same credentials in your query anyway.

stay_c said...

What good is a membership then?

Moi said...

I don't know about other groups, but the biggest benefits I've gotten out of my years-long membership to RWA is a constant update of which agents and houses are buying what form of Romance, along with updates (in the newsletter and via email) of editorial changes within those houses. The newsletter is also top-notch. The networking opportunities provided (to other writers, agents and editors) far exceed what I've found in the SF/F field (the other genre I write in).

Also, RWA makes a point of educating the unpublished in how the business works, much as Miss Snark does. General publishing business as well as Romance specific business.

RWA also maintains a "beware" list of agents, helps review contracts, and provides other guidance. It has a regular marketing tool for the published to get directly to libraries and independent booksellers, as well supports efforts to track the real sales of books (much like the music industry).

While RWA has its faults (every group does), I've found it to be a valuable tool in my quest for publication.