Ins and Outs

Ins.  I’m officially PAN now.  Basically, that means I’m a member of RWA’s Published Authors Network.  Strangely enough, I had considered myself published since the day I sold my first book.  I find it even more fascinating that people used to say that I wasn’t “really” published because it wasn’t by RWA’s standards.  I’ve learned a few things since then with the most important being, only YOU are allowed to define your career.  Not an organization.  Whether you’re a garbage collector or a neurosurgeon, if you’re happy with your job, then you’re successful.  At least, that’s how I’ve always seen it. 

So why did I bother?  Well, that’s just it.  I should’ve sent my application in a long time ago, but life and pregnancy had gotten in the way.  Plus, every time I thought about it, something more important always came up.  I decided just before Nationals in Orlando to send my application in before the RWA Board decided to change the rules again and have the loops in an uproar.  After all, as Beth Williamson put it, I paid for it, so I might as well take every advantage of it.   She’s a smart chick and a great PAN Liason.  🙂

Ins.  Have you seen the Magical Musing blog?  Go there.  Now.  I’ll wait.  Have you gone yet?  Did you notice the new faces?  SWEET!!  I had no clue until I noticed the changes earlier this week.  I sent an email to Edie because I was nosy like that and she told me about the blow our party happening today.  Prizes, cyber champagne, and confetti to go around.

Outs.  Have you guys heard the news about Barnes and Noble being up for sale?  Man, I feel like buying it…assuming I had that much money hanging in my closet.  This news had brought about some serious thought for me.  For instance, it’s a well-known fact that NY pubs pay for prime placing in book stores.  B&N is one of the biggest brick and mortar stores out there.  If they go away, where will they pay for spacing next?  Borders?  But aren’t they on a thin line, too? 

I don’t think print books are going anywhere, even if there isn’t much of a brick and mortar store left to place them.  There will always be Amazon and other independent bookstores that will make sure of that.

Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if both big brick and mortars fizzle at some point, not that I want to see that happen.  But if something were to happen to me like it did with Kalayna Price, I might wish hellfire and brimstone on them.  She’s a much better person than I am.  😉

So what’s been going on with you?  What are you reading?  What are you writing?  Nosy people like me want to know.

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12 thoughts on “Ins and Outs

  1. Congratulations on going Pan! When I read it, I was a bit puzzled, wondering why you weren’t Pan already. lol I won’t be able to go Pan, but it doesn’t upset me.

    As for B&N and other print stores, the publishing industry is changing fast! I’m glad I’ve gone digital.

    I’m reading The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. An excellent book.

    • LOL! I should’ve been PANned with Unstable Environment, but I was so pissed at the idea that I wasn’t “really” published with Half Breed that I decided PAN probably wasn’t for me. When I finally decided it wouldn’t be a bad idea to join, they had changed the rules. Then, when I finally got qualified again, I was pregnant. I sent in my info two days before Nationals with the hopes they wouldn’t change the rules again. Now that I’m a member, I’m still trying to figure out what it means because everything I’ve seen so far, I sort of knew already.

      So, don’t let it upset you at all. Honestly, Edie, the “secret” documents that I’ve seen so far on the RWA website are stuff that you and I and any good author already knows. Oh, and you’re a published author in my book. Heck, you’ll probably make more money than me anyway. 😉

      I heard that book was an awesome read. I’ve been curious about it, but I haven’t budged toward picking it up yet. Perhaps, since my local Books-A-Million is going out of business and selling everything at 50% off, I should try to get it there.

  2. PAN -Published Author Network. You know I googled it. If authors were nurses, it would be like RN vs LPN. You’re still a nurse if you’re an LPN but you are considered a professional nurse if you are an RN. You’re still a published author if you aren’t PAN but you’re considered a published author by RWA standards if you’re PAN.

    There’s been a lot of debate among the nursing field i.e. boards of nursing as to what the standard should be for professional nursing, RN only, RN BSN, MSN etc. It sounds like that’s what PAN is trying to do for writers?

    I’m really on the outskirts. I’m still trying to pick which professional writing group to join. Any ideas? There are so many. (RWA, North Carolina’s Writers Network, Online groups etc.)

    • Good anology with the RN, LPN thing. I guess the hardest part for me was that my work wasn’t recognized by RWA and I had bought into that because I was a part of their organization. I’ve wised up a lot since then and learned a lot about publishing before I ever got to see the “secret” PAN files. I guess that’s why I had a hard time understanding what the big deal with PAN. Still, everyone tells me it’s an exciting accomplishment, so I’ll go with it.

      As for writer’s organizations, RWA is a good one because the rules are as stringent as SFWA or MWA. HWA (horror writers), is easy to join, now that you have something published, but I can’t comment on them as an organization. I joined, but got lost in the cracks. I’m not sure how common that is. I felt like I had bug people about things and my emails still went unanswered. Go figure. Another good thing about RWA is the information. Assuming you don’t have a lot of information to start with, it’s very good for filling in the blanks. As for online groups, I also belong to Infinte Worlds of Fantasy, Paranormal Writers (sponsored by Paranormal Romance Reviews–or something like that).

      But again, I say RWA is probably the best because they have a HUGE network and multiple chapters that aren’t only based on the state you live in, but specialties as well. For instance, I belong to the Fantasy Futuristic and Paranormal chapter, which is really good. Probably the best chapter (other than HCRW) by far. The biggest problem with RWA is that you have to be a member of the mother ship (RWA) before you can join any of the local and affiliate chapters. Can we say cha-ching? Talk about a money machine.

      Regardless of which group you join, I HIGHLY advise taking their advice with a grain of salt, too. While it’s great that you’re getting the information that you need, it’s not always right or perfect for your particular situation. Their word is never gospel. I’ve seen so many writers break the rules when it comes to getting published that I’m still trying to figure out how they had gotten away with it.

      Okay, that’s a much longer post than I had planned. 🙂

  3. I’m not much of a joiner, so I’ll spare you my personal attitude on being allowed into organizations. I am, however, very much for everyone choosing their own path (and for multiple paths leading to the same destination), so I am glad for you that you made it in.

    As for losing physical bookstores, I dread it. I love all forms of reading and buying books. I want a store in which to browse, a website for fast purchase, and an ebook store to fill in the gaps! I would be very sad to never again be able to pop into a bookstore and leaf through pages.

    • I’m not much of a joiner, so I’ll spare you my personal attitude on being allowed into organizations.

      😆 We should compare notes someday. I bet that’ll be hours of long conversation.

      I love having a book in my hand, too. Part of the reason why I haven’t bought an ereader is because it’s easier to replace a book than an entire ereader if I should drop it in the toilet. Not to mention, the prices are too ridiculous for words. When they’re under $50, then I’ll think about it. Oh, and I like the bookstore atmosphere. THAT I’ll miss big time.

  4. Congrats on joining PAN!

    I’ve been busy revising and enjoying every minute of it. I just wish I had more hours in the day. Life’s busy so I don’t get to sit down in front of the computer as often as I’d like.

    • Thanks, Robin.

      I so know what you mean by not having enough time in the day to write. Now that my little one is getting older, it’s a littel easier to find time. Like about ten minutes more of it. 😉

    • LOL! So true. I should’ve done it sooner, but like I said, I just didn’t see the point. But like Beth said, I’ve more than paid for it and I should be getting my money’s worth every chance I get. And yes, it does have it’s uses, as I’m seeing in my RWA chapter. 😉

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