Lisa Mantchev, who I adore, posted this on her blog in regard to the vice President of SFWA’s recent action
I want to know what it’s going to take to organize a new Genre Writers’ Guild.
One that promotes the work of the up-and-coming writer as well as the old guard.
One that recognizes the power of teh internetz as a promotional tool, and is open to new formats–including, but not limited to–CCL.
One that fosters and encourages creativity and speculation and all of the things that fantasy and science fiction stands for.
What does it take? Where do I sign up? Let’s cease trying to fix something that is broken–at least, by MY definition of the word, because it is no longer serving/meeting MY needs as a writer.
Make a list, people. Let’s get this ball rolling.
In comments, I posted this response.:
I have to say that I think this is not a good idea.
They have screwed up royally, but the organization already has name recognition and relationships with publishers. Do you know how long it will take to wrest power away to an upstart organization? Years. Meanwhile, what we would then have is yet another schism which would weaken the power of both groups. And then, in ten years, when you have established a reputation and are making a difference, some group of misfits will be elected and screw things up. Thank you, I’ve seen this done with other groups. It makes you feel good now…
Or, you can put all of this energy into getting a really vibrant group of people to run for SFWA next year. Start campaigning now.
You don’t like the way the organization is being run? You’ll note that these candidates ran uncontested until the last possible moment. I personally didn’t notice anyone trying to fix something that was broken. I just see people complaining about it.
I’m planning on running for office.