I have discovered that I am just one pro sale away from qualifying for SFWA membership, which requires 3 pro sales. I *am* qualified for associate membership (the gate for that is one pro sale.) I’ve read about the controversies and the do it vs. don’t bother arguments and honestly… I’d like to be part of the organization. I’d like to be one of the in crowd. I’d like to check out the blogs that are behind the firewall and participate in the inner-circle discussions. When I first started writing, SFWA membership was one of my metrics.
So why am I hesitating?
I’m not much of a joiner. I don’t even maintain membership in Broad Universe (A highly-useful and professional group) because of a philosophical difference. When I join SFWA it will be for the perks and not because I’m a blogger that everyone follows.
I’m not a firebrand/rabble rouser/debater. When people I consider friends hassle me on Facebook, I walk away. People don’t debate on blogs and facebook, as a matter of my observation. They go straight to the nuclear options of insult and negation. And I can’t stand for that.
I think that an organization like SFWA needs the firebrands and pushy people. I think that’s needed for evolution of the genre and the way our professional organization addresses issues. And I’m not up to that, really, beyond espousing someone else’s stand.
Oh, I’ll get the membership, at least partially because it’s a club that doesn’t really want me. (To paraphrase a certain comedian.)