As a writer, being a part of writers’ organisations can be very valuable. Some are more active than others, of course. For example, I’m a member of the Australian Horror Writers’ Association or AHWA. That’s a great thing to be a part of. We have active crit groups, forums, market hives (so we can find good places to sell our work) and even a very well respected Association magazine called Midnight Echo.
I’m a member of the NSW Writers’ Centre, which is another great organisation that offers all kinds of courses, help, advice and so on.
As RealmShift and MageSign are published by Gryphonwood Press, I also qualify for membership of International Thriller Writers, or ITW. Gryphonwood Press is a recognised publisher with ITW and that’s what it takes to qualify for membership. My membership has been recently confirmed.
The website is very slick and certainly seems to offer an awful lot in the way of author support, just like the AHWA. I’m looking forward to learning more about what they offer and seeing what I can learn from them and get out of my membership. My journey as a writer continues ever onward.