why? because we have the best board ever.
and how do i know this? because i'm the secretary.
Martha Flynn and I at the first official board meeting of 2010
i can't begin to say enough about volunteering for your local writing group, whether it is sisters-in-crime, mwa, science fiction/fantasy (sorry, their exact name is escaping me at the moment!), scbwi, or pretty much the largest and most organized group, romance writers of america.
why? the connections (and although networking is great that is not the kind of connection i am talking about) and the friends that you make are immeasurable.
as a writer, you work in a vacuum. you can spend your days in isolation, tortured by the twisted meanderings of your own mind. it's easy to get lost in that world and forget the real one around you...until it's time to submit your work.
Trish Cetrone, Rachelle Chase, Sophie Littlefield, and Adrienne Miller
that's when the connections you make with other writers will come to save you. they encourage, commiserate, and celebrate right along with you in your journey to publication. whether you've already published or you are just starting, volunteering with your local organization gives you the opportunity to make connections that will sustain you through the bad and the good and the great.
i am so happy to call these women my friends. thanks for everything!