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We're a community of over 300 Science Fiction Romance writers, authors, bloggers, professionals and fans joining together to give our dynamic subgenre a collective voice.
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You've probably heard about Sherrilyn Kenyon's keynote speech, even if you weren't at the 2011 RWA Keynote luncheon in person or haven't read the recap in her Facebook notes. Our own Diane (Paula) Dooley summed up her experience in a beautifully concise statement:
Perseverance...thy name is Sherrilyn.
Ms. Kenyon's words were a tremendous inspiration to hundreds of writers, a not-so-subtle reminder to keep our eye on the goal, no matter the obstacles, the pitfalls...the rejections. Don't accept "no." Don't hear it. Don't see it. Keep striving.
In the words of a beloved Firefly captain, "Keep flying."
In the words of another often-quoted commander, "Never give up. Never surrender."
But there was something else Sherrilyn Kenyon said in the midst of her speech that made my ears perk and my imagination snap to attention. These were her words:
"We have a paranormal genre today because a tiny handful of us carved it out when it didn’t exist. We proved it was viable and we opened the doors for many others and I am proud to be a part of that."
This is exactly what we're attempting now with the Science Fiction Romance subgenre. With great writers like Linnea Sinclair, Anne McCaffrey and Lois McMaster Bujold having blazed the flightpath, we, an under-read, underdog collective are determined to make Science Fiction Romance the NBT. To reach out to both the hearts and minds of our readers.
Keep writing, Brigaders. Keep creating your amazing stories that take readers to other worlds, other times, other dimensions, other futures.
Keep entering contests. Keep submitting. Keep pitching editors and agents.
And keep reading, reviewing and promoting great SFR.
Just like our web site motto, we are indeed Conquering the Universe, One Story at a Time.
Now that our space shuttle program has come to a sad and regretful close, there may be no time like the present to reach for those distant stars, and to take our characters and readers there with us.
Better to explore the cosmos in our imaginations than not at all.
Laurie A. Green