I’ve been waiting ages to make this announcement! Today I was accepted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as a Full/Active member. For me, this is the culmination of several years (which actually felt more like decades) of hard work and perseverance. While it might not mean much to someone outside of the speculative fiction community, SFWA membership is considered a major stepping stone for many genre writers around the world.
I knew this day would come someday, but I never expected it to be a quiet Tuesday in February, at the tail end of a global pandemic, riding the coattails of a whim. Ironically, my game writing adventures are what got me in, so to all you clients out there looking to hire me to produce the next “Dark Souls” or “Catherine” . . . What are you waiting for?
In all seriousness, this is a huge milestone for me and feels like the beginning of a new chapter in both my professional writing career and my personal confidence. As I near the end of my magnum opus, the first book of the Tales of a Starless Aeon series (again), I’ll feel much less like the odds are stacked against me as I burrow into the query trenches with the SFWA and the HWA* on my side.
*That reminds me: I also joined the Horror Writers Association earlier this year, but I had a lot going on at the time and I don’t think I ever got around to posting about it.