In 2015, I was home visiting my parents. A college friend who lived nearby saw my Facebook post about it and mentioned she was going to a launch event for a local author and invited me to join her. Knowing nothing about the writer, but loving a book event and an opportunity to catch up with this friend, I said yes. While having our books signed, my friend told this writer that I was a writer, too. I was preparing to pitch my first manuscript at the time (the one that shall forever remain in a drawer but that helped me learn what I didn’t know) and wasn’t calling myself a writer to anyone outside my circle so I immediately tried to downplay it while my body broke out into a sweat. But this “real” writer asked me questions about my work and encouraged me to join a group she was a member of–the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
I think I signed up the next day.
That writer was Barbara Claypole White. Her book at the time was the fantastic The Perfect Son (seriously, go read this book for the heartbreaking father/son relationship and stay for the hilarious squirrel scene). Barbara was my first introduction to the beauty of writers supporting writers with generosity and sincerity. And since joining WFWA, I have seen this same beautiful relationship play out time and time again in our organization. Whether it’s sharing advice in our Facebook page, swapping pages for critiques, offering kind and insightful feedback in workshops, sharing knowledge through webinars and articles, or cheerleading each other’s successes and comforting each other’s rejections at local meet-ups, this group has been an endless source or support and knowledge for me as I grow as a writer and now a book coach.
This week–September 6th through September 11th–WFWA is holding an online auction. Funds raised will help provide scholarships for members with financial need and who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and those with a disability who have been underrepresented in the publishing industry. I am pleased and honored to be offering a book coaching session as part of the auction. The auction is open to all–you don’t need to be a Women’s Fiction writer or a member–and there are fantastic offers available for writers from coaching and editing to marketing services.
Come check it out, bid on an item (or multiple items), and feel free to share with your writer friends. This is a great opportunity to help yourself and other writers at the same time. Win-win!