Welcome to the HWA Virginia Chapter Blog

Thanks for visiting our page.  We’re a new chapter, so expect this page to change as we decide the best method to disperse information.

For now, the goal is to present information that is short, sweet and to the point.  We’d like to encourage you to attain membership status, not bore you to death.

 Each Post will contain at least 2 sections:

Section 1:  Information directly from the Horror Writers Association website (horror.org).

Section 2:  Information about the Virginia Chapter.

Section 3:  (Optional and situational) Information about specific accomplishments of Virginia members or upcoming events in the state.

That’s it.  Those are the rules.  Feel free to leave comments or suggestions.  Until then, let’s get started.

 Section 1:  HWA Approves Self-Published Works for Membership.

(Posted on horror.org:  Jul 26, 2014)

The HWA’s referendum on including self-published work in membership qualification for our Active and Affiliate levels closed on July 23. The referendum passed by a significant margin.

The changes apply from July 24, 2014. New By-laws and Membership Qualifications were issued. Apply for membership here: http://horror.org/joining-the-hwa/.

In effect this means a self-published work will qualify an author if the work earns the same as a non self-published work.

Those earning levels are $200 for Affiliate Status (semi-pro) and $2000 for Active Status (professional).

Note:  To qualify for Active status as a self-published author, you must have proven earnings of $2000 from a single work within two years of publication.  To qualify for Affiliate status, you must have proven earnings of $200.00.

HWA’s President Rocky Wood said, “We are pleased to be leading the way in recognizing self-published authors who earn the same as mainstream, independent and specialty press authors. Self-published authors are an important part of the very vibrant horror and dark fiction community and we welcome them at all levels of the Horror Writers Association.”

Questions to: membership@horror.org.

 Section 2:  HWA Virginia Chapter created the Beta Reader Program

An invaluable tool for many authors is an experienced Beta Reader.  The job of a Beta Reader is to read a manuscript, then provide feedback in areas like structure and content.

Expect the Betas to find the inconsistencies within the pages: “Hey, Bobby’s eyes are blue on page 50, but they were brown on page 4”.

The members of the Virginia Chapter have agreed to act as Beta Readers for each other.  Imagine a group of horror writers reading a manuscript without negatively judging the content.  Heck, our Beta Reader’s may suggest scenarios to make your manuscript ‘just a wee bit creepier’.  “Hey, Why not take out BOTH of Bobby eyes?”

This program is on a trial basis to shake out the wobbly gears.  First drafts are prohibited and the word count is limited to 5,000 words.  We hope to expand the word count around the beginning of the New Year. Baby steps people…wobbly, zombie-infected baby steps.

We’re Done!!!

That’s all for today: short, sweet and informative.  If you’d like to join the Horror Writers Association, please visit horror.org.  Once your application is confirmed, contact Dee Southerland at deesouth35@msn.com.

Until next time,

HWA Virginia