Friday, August 24, 2007

How do you spend the fourth Saturday of the month?

My granddad is turning 98 tomorrow, so I’ll be at his birthday celebration--and missing the Southern Magic meeting for the first time in the two and half years I’ve been a member.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Southern Magic is very important to me. Formerly I was a member of Georgia Romance Writers but I never got to go because I had a toddler and I lived too far away. When we moved to Birmingham, I joined Southern Magic before I even got the gas turned on at the house.

The most wonderful thing about my short membership is seeing a happy pattern. Members join, figure out the industry, start finaling in contests or getting calls from agents and editors, and then sell. Forgive me if I’m forgetting someone, but if I recall correctly, in 2005 this happened to Kelley St. John, me, and Paula Graves. In 2006, Lyn Randal. In 2007, Kira Bazzell and Christy Reece...and we’re only halfway through the year!

If you’ve been lurking on this blog, unsure of whether you want to come to a Southern Magic meeting, I encourage you to take that step and visit the Homewood Library tomorrow or at our next meeting on September 22. You can come to two meetings per year without joining, but most people decide that membership and the fellowship that comes with it are definitely worth it.


Christy said...

Had to chime in to say I agree 100%, Jenn! The support and encouragement I've received from Southern Magic has been wonderful. I feel so fortunate to be a member, as well as vice president.

My husband and I were just talking the other day about how providential my sale was. If we hadn't moved to Birmingham, I never would have joined Southern Magic, nor would I have attended the Romance in the Magic City conference and met my wonderful agent.

Being a member of Southern Magic has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to the meetings each month and encourage everyone to attend. Whether you're just getting started on your first manuscript or you just sold your 100th book, there's always something to learn or an opportunity to share your knowledge.

Hope to see many of you tomorrow!

Carla Swafford said...

Jenn and two favorite cheerleaders. :-)

Being a member of RWA for almost 15 years, it wasn't until I started coming regularly to meetings five years ago and becoming involved with critique groups that I realized what I had missed out the first ten years. That's why my WIPs are finaling in contests.

Plus knowing that my Southern Magic friends are celebrating my successes and providing support during my rejections means a lot to me.

Can't do that by yourself.

MaryF said...

It is because of these testimonies I am hanging on for dear life, and trying to keep in contact, even if I cannot come.

You ALL inspire me.
Thank you.

Christy said...

Today's meeting was a perfect example of how great our meetings can be and how wonderfully giving our members are. Kelley St. John did a fabulous job discussing plotting your book.

Thank you, Kelley. Can't wait to read To Catch A Cheat!