The equation goes like this:
Reading is sexy
Smiling is sexy
+ Smart is sexy
Buying smart, funny books makes you sexy.
|Me, self-promoting at LA Sci-Fi festival. A fan added the "The" to my sign.|
To become an Active member of SFWA, applicants must demonstrate either:Even though I have two novels and four sold and published short stories, I do not qualify for for membership because I haven't earned enough. The thing is, many of the smaller presses that will take submissions from a small fish like myself can't pay that much or aren't considered a 'qualifying market'. The larger ones won't even look my way until I have more serious publishing cred. It a classic catch-22 of you need to be a well known author to make a sale, but you're not a well known author until you've made a sale. Either way, until you're in the inner sanctum, SFWA doesn't want to know you.
- Three Paid Sales of prose fiction (such as short stories) to Qualifying Professional Markets, with each paid at the rate of 5¢/word or higher (3¢/word before 1/1/2004), for a cumulative total of $250, minimum $50 apiece; or
- One Paid Sale of a prose fiction book to a Qualifying Professional Market, for which the author has been paid $2000 or more; or
- One professionally produced full length dramatic script, with credits acceptable to the Membership Committee.
|First edition cover, the one I read as a boy.|
|Me, trying to look as "authory" as possible.|
|Yeah, not quite as authory here.|
|Me, being entertaining solely to myself.|