Holly says it all with regards to the rumors of RWA’s intention to become a writer’s organization who censors writers. I nipped a couple of my favorite lines to share, but go read the entire thing. It rocks.
RWA has become a censor and is requiring its members to become censors? The RWA has become a writing organization promoting censorship, and writers don’t know what to do?
Really? Seriously? This isn’t obvious?
STOP FUNDING THEM.
And another bit:
Don’t waste your time boycotting the organization. Just quit. And be sure to demand a pro rata share of your membership dues back when you leave, on the grounds that you don’t want your money to be spent by any organization that is REQUIRING its members to censor other writers.
The whole idea of that makes me want to hyperventilate. 1—because I dreamed of being a member of RWA for a long time. It was a goal, and I’m loathe to give it up, and 2—I have piles of crap that doesn’t work or fit because I can’t even stand to return things to stores. Demand my money back? *breathe*
But if the proposed chapter for erotic romance is squashed, I’ll do it. If they remove the link to my publisher from their site, I’ll do it, because I’m damn proud to write for them, and if you’re too righteous for them, then you’re too damn righteous for me. And if they start quantifying their support/services based on “their” approval or disapproval of what one writes, I’m gone.
I want this to work. I have learned a lot through my RWA membership, and my PRO pin actually means something to me. I’d prefer to remain a member forever. All I want is the same treatment that the other members get. I bet nobody’s ever accosted a Silhouette Special Edition author in an elevator during a conference and told her she didn’t belong there (didn’t happen to me, of course, but it happened). But I don’t want to quit.
And I do have hope, if only because the roadblocks they’re putting up now will bite them in the ass. What are they going to do when the erotic romance/erotica lines being developed by Kensington, Harlequin and more are launched? Turn their backs on them? I don’t think so.
So I’ve been quietly (mostly) soaking up all the information being passed around, and laying out my lines in the sand. And I know where one of them is:
There we go. Any RWA affiliate cannot link to me now and stay in the good graces of the censorious RWA. So. Any questions?
Those links over there —>? They’re not going anywhere. The day somebody tells me I have to remove Holly’s link to meet their approval is the day they can kiss my ass.
I’m going to add, however, that based on what I’ve read today, I don’t think this is the issue. I think it’s meant to apply to a site bearing the official RWA logo or whatever, not individual author sites. Not that that’s right, either, because I believe it means that a local chapter couldn’t link to its erotic romance authors. It’s still a hazy issue clouded by confusion and perhaps some misinformation. But whether it trickles down to individual authors or not, it’s censorship, and it reeks. The fact that the membership form RWA members fill out has a line in which you attest that you’ve reached the age of majority in the state in which you reside implies it’s not an organization for minors.
Lots of interesting questions have been raised. How many authors will be excluded from the literacy signing? Will the member website links be stripped of any authors whose sites contain questionable covers or excerpts? Should I pay you $75 if you won’t acknowledge me?
And quite frankly, the info flying around for the last several days has been so fast, furious and plentiful that I’m pretty thoroughly confused. I think I’ve even seen people debating issues that weren’t even the same issue. But the dust will settle, and then I’ll have to check my lines in the sand and hope that an organization I strived to and have admired for so long hasn’t let us down.