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March 16th, 2007
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Write-in SFWA election candidates
I'm not a member of SFWA (not being a pro SF author, natch), but I note with interest the write-in campaigns of John Scalzi for SFWA President, and Derryl Murphy for VP.

I hope this rouses interesting discussion about the role of SFWA and the future of publishing.

SFOHA also finds itself with a executive ballot that only includes one person per slot, but we have a much smaller membership (though, sadly, they are not very active, something I clearly need to work on somehow). I generally agree that an active organization ought to have competition for its leadership, so I encourage people to let other people (especially SFWA authors) know about these write-in campaigns. I understand ballots are in the mail (some people have gotten theirs) and are due back by 4/28.

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Date:March 16th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Friends don't let friends run SFWA. ;)
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Date:March 16th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
You can tell us more about SFOHA at the SFOHA panels at Penguicon, Clave and Fusion I'll expect.
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Date:March 17th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
D'oh! I can't find my ballot. I give Anne 'Cagey' Murphy proxy permission to vote my ballot and request that the officer-at-arms hit any member who sulks about this with a rubber chicken.

Remember: a rubber-chicken-equipped society is a polite society.
Date:March 17th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Funny, I ran into this independently earlier today, and it spurred me into an interesting question for me personally, and for the SFWA, as well, especially going into the future.

Basically, I was musing on the fact that I don't qualify for membership, even though I'm very arguably a professional SF writer by any standards that make sense to me (income, volume of work, readership). I can't even imagine, though, the process of convincing the SFWA that, no, I was really paid to write that stuff and just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it's amateur...
Date:March 19th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
There are a number of online markets that are accepted for membership. As well, prospective members can apply to the Membership Committee and wait on a decision, depending on where the market stands. Or, you can find the email address of the regional director for where you live and write a query. I'll note that even during my period off the BoD I received emails from people about this very thing and helped at least one cut through the mess and become a member.

Derryl Murphy
Date:March 19th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, the problem is what I do isn't a market, precisely. :) I work for a gaming studio out of Europe on a game called Perplex City; written well over a quarter of a million words for the game in the last two years, and much of it world-building (ex. see http://www.pxcsentinel.com ). Maybe I'll write a query just to see where it goes. I don't think I'd win my case, though, because the organization isn't really intended to support people like me who are active SF writers, but not in the agent-contract-editor-distribution game.
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