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.