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Getting Eligible To Join HWA – But Will I?

Posted in horror, Horror Writers Association, HWA, personal, pro market, pro sale, submissions, writing on June 10, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m not posting this to elicit pros and cons of joining the Horror Writers Assocation (HWA) because that’s pretty much beside the point at this point… get the point?

I go back and forth about it all the time. On one hand I think it’s a great group, and I know so many present members who talk about the wonderful things they’ve learned by being a member and the cool people they’ve met. It’s also one of those ‘you made it’ points in a career (well, to me it would be).

On the other hand, former members and writers who have no desire to join rip it or just think nothing useful can come from being a member. I can see some of their points, and I’ve been on the fence for a long time.

So, I decided to do something about it. I have no desire to be a supporting or affiliate member, though. That wouldn’t be the goal. I’ve decided to set my own goal and then figure it out from there.

I’m pretty much going to ignore everything I’ve ever sold and start from this moment to get the proper credits to become an active member: sell three short story pieces totalling 7,500 words or more for pro rates of 5 cents per word…

And then, at that point, figure out if I want to join. When I get the three sales (and I’m not being arrogant… it could take me five years to get three pro sales, if ever) I’ll have no excuse to not think about it.

That’s the goal. Sounds like a plan.

Now, to find three pro horror markets… oh, and write three stories… that’s the easy part.

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