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22 January 2010 @ 01:46 pm
"You can't get me, I'm part of the Union..."  

Wednesday I joined the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as an active member. The Analog story was my third "qualifying" sale.

On the one hand, joining SFWA marks a kind of progress, sort of like "growing up". It means that I get certain privileges, and that my name can now be found on a list including  writers I admire. SFWA provides advocacy for writers, warnings about unreliable or suspicious markets or agents, contract advice, and so forth. I like all of these things.

But on the other hand, there is a certain protectionist or trade-union strain in some of SFWA's public statements that bothers me. Especially I'm worried about its approach to copyright, notably orphaned copyrights.  Still, within SFWA is a good place to address these issues, I suppose.

Meanwhile, I get to vote for the Nebula Awards.  Any suggestions?
Current Location: Home office
Current Music: Music of the spheres
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on January 22nd, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)

Perhaps Samantha Henderson's The Mermaid's Tea Party for novelette?

I might also suggest my "Early Winter, Near Jenli Village"...but that would probably be in poor taste, right?
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)

I don't think it's in poor taste at all. That story scared the bejezuz out of me.
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on January 23rd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you ;o)
The Ferretttheferrett on January 22nd, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
You rock like a rocking thing.
Ken: LOLken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ann Leckieann_leckie on January 22nd, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Carolyn Ives Gilman's "Arkfall." It's on the SFWA board for member fiction, in the novellas. It also rocks.
Kenken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
girlspell: galaxy forwardgirlspell on January 22nd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
This is so cool. You now have "credentials" and a kind of recognition (you so richly deserve) LOL...I liked typing that!

I think the "trade union" aspect of it will be OK.

Take care...
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rachel.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 22nd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I am not-a-member of SFWA because there's a lot that I don't like about 'em. Might join later if it makes a tangible difference to me, but for now I just don't have the resources to deal with other venues of Fail.

But! Nebula suggestion: And Their Lips Rang With The Sun

Ken: Happyken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I shall read it.
Rachel Swirskyrachel_swirsky on January 22nd, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
cat rambo's 'mermaids singing each to each' and 'narrative of a beast's life'

will mcintosh's 'bridesicle'
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Off I go to read!
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on January 23rd, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Congratulations again. I left some Nebula suggestions over on Facebook, but I noted one of the other commenters mentioned Cat Rambo's "Mermaids Singing to Each Other." I agree. That's a powerful short story.
Ken: Quill tattooken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Beth! I shall check it out. I love Cat's stuff.
Erin Cashiertherinth on January 23rd, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
Congrats Ken! :D
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Erin!
Jon Gibbsjongibbs on January 23rd, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Yay! Congrats on your SFWA membership :)
Ken: Awwwken_schneyer on January 23rd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)