Years ago, I came home (and by home I mean to my in-laws’ 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-law’s husband asked me what one does at a “romance writers’ meeting.” I kinda stared at him for a second, then said, “Talk about writing romance and have fun.” He looked completely baffled. He was from NYC and said that the writers he knows are solitary people who don’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 Harper’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.