I can be kinda dense, I admit it. But I’d love for someone to really explain to me why RWA recognition is so important to you, the writer, the publishing company. Because it gains us….? Legitimacy? The opportunity to enter contests as a reduced rate? The chance to spend advertising dollars? To join a local chapter? What does it do for publishers? Do bookstores care? Readers certainly don’t; they wouldn’t know what it stands for, would they?
I now write for one publisher with the “RWA seal” and one about to get it. I’m not sure how my life is about to change.
I recently cancelled my personal membership to some professional organizations because…well, they collected my money, elected officers, and issued mandates that didn’t really affect anything except how much money they would charge, who would become officers, and what kind of mandates they should issue.
I’m willing to be convinced, honestly.