Friday, November 6, 2009

60 Days to PRO

Last week, the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter of RWA® wrapped up the first annual 60 Days to PRO event. From September 1 until October 30, we offered inspirational quotes, free workshops, pitch opportunities on our members-only blog and chat room, progress trackers, chat room sprint sessions, incentive awards, and more to our members. In exchange, they worked on completing their novels, submitting query letters, and sending in their applications to gain RWA® PRO status.

Our published authors stepped up, presenting free versions of their workshops to both our PRO and wannabe PRO authors. Our members stepped up, taking all the wonderful opportunities offered to them and finishing their novels, writing query letters and synopses, pitching their novels to agents and editors, earning PRO status, sharing their daily "pearls" with others, and more.

It was an amazing whirlwind month. And it was so successful, we're expanding it next year. Instead of focusing on moving more members into PRO status, we'll focus on moving all of our members straight to PAN...or from PAN to bestseller...or from bestseller to phenom.

I'm already excited about next year even as I'm trying to recuperate from this year's event. The amazing feedback we've received has literally brought tears to my eyes given me allergies. Don't worry, they were the good kind.

If you want to join the fun, I encourage you to try this in your own organization. (Or you can always join FF&P, of course!) It was a lot of work, but it was worth every minute to see the amazing progress our members have made in their writing careers.


Audra Harders said...

Good for FF&P!! Such amazing support of the members is awesome!


I'm glad it was a success. Sometimes just having the momentum behind you helps to achieve goals we might otherwise set aside *until later.*

I'm proud of you and the organization!

Onward and upward!

KL Grady said...

Thanks, Audra! We're really proud of what we managed to pull together, and we're stunned by the increase in membership due to the event.

Donnell said...

That sounds like a wonderfully supportive organization, KL! Is it an online chapter? Well done! You have been crazy busy! Have you finished your thesis?