This might be old news to some people, but in case you haven’t heard: the SFWA has passed a resolution allowing self-published authors to join. To read their official announcement, click here. Back in 2012 (April 20th to be exact), I posted my first blog entry talking about why the SFWA refused to admit self-published authors (read it). Over the years, I've occasionally mentioned this concern of mine. For a while, I had bad feelings toward the SFWA. But, I also realized they are a large organization and change will take time. That time has arrived. I will be logging in to the SFWA web site on March 1st as soon as humanly possible to sign up to become a member.
Why? Honestly, I don’t know. The SFWA itself admits that their organization has little to offer authors who have been in the field for any length of time. But the same can be said for other organizations and clubs like the Elks, the VFW, etc. There is a practical reason to join—to feel as if you’re part of a community of writers. I’m sure that once I become a member I will find something they have to offer is useful. I will be joining because I've always wanted to be a member—and now I can be.
Dragonverse Origins is proceeding along quite well. My wife read the first chapter (something she’s never done until the book was handed to her for her review) and she said she enjoyed it. I love dragons, and writing about them seems to come naturally for me.
My Goodreads giveaway has ended. 564 people entered to win. I will be mailing out the books later next week. Did it boost sales? I’m not sure. It’s very hard to tell. Is it worth it? Again, I’m not sure—but I think I will do it again.
I’m keeping this post short—I have writing to get back to.