Years ago, I came home (and by home I mean to my in-lawsâ€™ house) from a NJRW meeting to meet my family, my sister-in-law and her husband for dinner at a Mexican restaurant. As we were standing in line for our table, my sister-in-lawâ€™s husband asked me what one does at a â€œromance writersâ€™ meeting.â€ I kinda stared at him for a second, then said, â€œTalk about writing romance and have fun.â€ He looked completely baffled. He was from NYC and said that the writers he knows are solitary people who donâ€™t have fun when they talk about their writing. They are apparently quite angst filled. I decided right then (although I knew it before) that I was in the right field because anything else sounded boring and exhausting.
This article from Harperâ€™s Magazine is interesting because it discusses how NYC actually sees what we do. I wonder how much any of us want to be included in the NYC publishing world these days.