I'm not a member but had a snoop around their site just now. It looks like something worth considering. I guess you have to decide what you are looking to get out of it.
Personally, I think legit trade unions are worth the investment. I belong to couple of professional unions/societies: Equity (actor's union), as well as the Comlementary Therapists Assc, and I firmly believe they can be helpful. Equity are tirelss in fighting the causes of us actors, and they can be a great resourse for getting advice on various acting matters. (I once got advice from them re: a dodgy agent.) They kinda keep the industry in check and can help actors with their contracts ect. The CThA too is useful. Also, they both hold events where you can network with likeminded people. I'm waiting until the day I fit the criteria for the Society of Authors.
My advice would be: go for it, take out a year's membership, make most of it, then review its benefits before you renew in 2019.
Just checking, I understood the SCBWI to be a US site. Is that correct? Are you in the US? If not maybe look into a UK version.
I'm a SCBWI British Isles and have found it enormously helpful. I've had many 1-1s with agents/editors, met a host of agents face to face in an atmosphere of them looking to be subbed, met with many successful writers, had masses of excellent advice and support. Well supported by established writers as well as newbies. I've been a member for years and will definitely continue to renew.
I'm a new SCBWI member - month and bit old. And I second, triple opinions on the British Isles Scoobie. They're fab...made me feel so welcome and they're well connected. VERY well connected. Lovely bunch of people. It took me a year to consider it (too expensive for me but feel worth it now) and it was only because I went on a retreat that I discovered most were scoobie members so I joined. I'm keen on being part of a critique group and join their social lunches just to keep my writing motivation and social sanity. (Like here but face to face )
Other things I'm going to use it for is to top up some skills e.g
Writing masterclasses (specific to genre e.g chapter books)
I'm planning on going to their annual Conference if I can afford it. Have already got a friend to drive down there from London with. We're taking turns to drive because we can't stay overnight at the local hotel. It'll be great to catch up with everyone that I've met and looking forward to it and of course learning lots too.
That is awesome! Im happy for you, also super envious!
Ah thank you. It took me a long time to find them though. And I just had a positive feel for a retreat I just HAD to join. Expensive but I got the sense that I wasn't spending money so much as investing it. It really is a bunch of friendly helpful people like here just face to face more.
Hello fellow children's authors *waves*
Are you in the SCBWI? If so, what do you think of it? Is it a good career investment?