There are lots of organisations writers can join, and many offer benefits, cost money, add value, become a distraction. I’d like to draw attention to one in particular, called the IAMTW. This stands for the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.
Who is the IAMTW for
Well the clue is in the name, it’s for tie-in writers. What are these? These are people who have had published (not self-published) anything that ties into something else (normally a film or TV show, but can be a game). The website offers this:
We write science fiction, westerns, mysteries, romance and thrillers and sometimes all of the above. Our work embraces just about every genre you can think of, from STAR TREK to CSI, from GUNSMOKE to MURDER SHE WROTE, from DUNE to James Bond, from RESIDENT EVIL to Hannah Montana.
In my case it is (so far, fingers crossed;-) Doctor Who, and joining gives recognition (if I get approved). The IAMTW has a prestigious award, the Scribe Awards and various interesting blog posts available to anybody, plus a member’s area.
Are you in any associations? Let me know if it’s useful to you.