Yeah, me neither.
But, when that happens, I'll be sure to blog about it.
No, it's the little things that can be unglamorous.
I recently joined Romance Writers of America (RWA), my new fabulous association. These babes are organized, well functioning group that could, if they wanted to, run Congress. I've belonged to a plethora of associations and the only one nearly as organized is the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and they have lobbyists. These ladies, RWA, puts on the RITA awards, which is a serious accolade in the romance writing industry. Those that win RITA, win the world. I'd almost (I said almost) rather win the RITA than #1 on the NYT Bestsellers list. Reason being is that the RITA is a big fat high-five from all the other romance writers. It says, "Rock the house Banks! You, out of EVERYONE, kicks ass the hardest!" Yeah, competitiveness runs in the family. It's a gift/curse.
As I begin my preparations to enter the 2013 RITA awards with The Legend of Lady MacLaoch and Forged, I read on the RITA Contest site that RWA PAN (Published Author Network) members who volunteer to be judges, (yes, judges) get preference when submitting their manuscript. At first I had to read, then re-read the sentence to make sure I was reading it correctly.
"Entries will be processed with first priority given to members who volunteer to judge the RITA Contest. Entries from members who do not volunteer to judge or are ineligible to judge the RITA Contest or non-members will be processed in order of receipt after all priority entries have been processed. ..." [via]
It seems like a complete and utter conflict of interest. But, once realizing that I SHOULD be a part of the PAN too since I'm a published RWA member I signed up to be a judge. Duh! It was easy! Let's go ladies lets get our read-on!
The next day I received an email from an RWA professional relations manager. She said that they had no record of me in the PAN sector of RWA. However, that could be easily rectified if I wouldn't mind filling out this form stating who I am with the copyright section of my book and proof of my earnings up to $$$$ figure. Copyright page. No problem. Show you my earnings? *gulp*
So, there it was, the reality check to the face.
It reminds me of middle school. You know when you tried to get in with the cool kids but were denied? Remember what your parent's said? "Fuck Suzie and her little club." Well, at least that's what my parents said.
Though, all this sucks for this moment, because I just tallied up my royalty figures and discovered I'm short of making the mark. Which, because I'm competitive, makes me want to overturn my desk and high-five someone's face. This means that I'll have to submit The Legend of Lady MacLaoch and Forged without the advantage of being a RITA judge. But, if they nail it, if I win RITA without the advantage of being a judge it'll be all the more sweet. As a matter of fact, now I don't WANT to be a judge. I want to have my books judged on merit, not my political standing within the group. HA! So THERE!
See how I turn that frown upside down? ;0)
Btw - Forged pre-order form is up and running here. Go baby go.