Try 26 years ago. There was no easy way to find reliable information about the craft or editors and agents. Or to find other writers to share your joy, support and knowledge.
It took one hell of a strong lady to change all that. Her name is Rita Clay Estrada. For the complete interview with Rita, look no further than the October issue of Orange Blossom.
But because she had so many fascinating and insightful things to say that we didn’t have room for, every weekend in October we will have interview extras. Today Rita talks about RWA.
Q – What is your favorite part of attending the RWA National conference? Why?
A â€“ The people. The classes. The free-flow of information all around you. The late night chats in hotel rooms and bars. The celebration of our career-life choices. My head spins all the way home â€“ but I also have had my creative cup filled again.
Q – What do you attribute RWAâ€™s success and longevity in the industry to?
A â€“ RWA began as a dream and sharing experience for the benefit of all and not just one group or another. In the beginning it was tough to keep it that way, but our stubbornness willed out.
I honestly believe that the act of sharing with our fellow writers is the one force that gives us staying power AND strength. Strong women are the most awesome creatures on the face of the earth. We celebrate that fact all the time, not only in our writings but in our actions. RWA allows us all to shine and share. Goodness. Weâ€™re also our own best audience!
Lastly: we metamorph into anything the publishing world wants or thinks it wants. And if they havenâ€™t thought of it, weâ€™ll supply them with it anyway.
Author RITA CLAY ESTRADA is RWAâ€™s first president and the co-founder of OCC whose contributions to the romance genre led the national organization to name its highest honor â€“ the RITA Award â€“ in her honor. Join us at our 25th Anniversary Party on Oct. 14 for a chance to meet this romance legend.
Dana Diamond is the OCC/RWA Secretary, a columnist for OCC’s award-winning newsletter Orange Blossom, a contributor to A Slice of Orange, and hard at work on her next book.