Looking to connect with others in your genre for advice and expertise? Then you need to consider joining a national organization dedicated to your genre (see a brief list below of some more popular ones).
The majority of them should have local chapters with regular meetings so that you can connect with like-minded writers.
I have been with Sisters in Crime for the past year and have obtained the following benefits:
- Advice from more experienced mystery writers
- Monthly meetings with amazing speakers that offer great tidbits on a variety of topics
- Critique groups to help you with polishing those short stories, novels or other works in progress.
- Opportunity to get short stories published in annual anthologies
- Yearly seminars with published authors and experts in your area of interest
- Stay on top of the latest in writing and publishing standards
Here are some links to a few national writers organizations:
Sisters in Crime: http://www.sistersincrime.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=2
Mystery Writers of America: http://www.mysterywriters.org/
Romance Writers of America: http://www.rwanational.org/
Horror Writers Association: http://www.horror.org/
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America: http://www.sfwa.org/
Erotica Readers & Writers Association: http://www.erotica-readers.com/ERA/
Poetry Society of America: http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/
Public Safety Writers Association: http://www.policewriter.com/