There’s been a somewhat heated discussion going on at Romance Writers of America (aka RWA) over the last few months—which is nothing new and not all that surprising. After all, if you’re going to involve yourself with a large group of mostly female, inordinately verbal, excessively imaginative, and expressly passionate people, you ought to expect debate. And lots of it.
This particular discussion revolves around the question of what makes someone a career writer as opposed to a hobbyist, and some of what’s been said by various members of the BoD has a lot of people feeling angry and trivialized.
At first glance, it might seem to be a fairly easy question to answer, but since RWA policy has always been weighted heavily in favor of large, traditional print publishers, nothing is as easy or simple as it seems.
To read more of my opinion on the subject follow this link: http://rhymeswithforeplay.blogspot.com/2009/02/tale-of-three-little-authors.html