Call to my fellow RPG writers (especially those I've hired over the years): please read and respond on this thread re: the new SFWA guidelines.
I've been thinking about the new SFWA guidelines, which are designed to be more inclusive in gaming, and I realize that many of you would not qualify based on the rules as written. I used to work for Steve (Jackson) who is on the committee mentioned in the link below, I've bought stories from Rich Dansky, too, and I'm getting to know Cat as well. I absolutely feel that they want to do the right thing, but as many of us pointed out the reality of publishing in RPGs is that one person wouldn't typically contribute 40,000 words of setting, exclusively, on one book earning $3K.
Anyway, SFWA stated on Twitter yesterday that they were looking for feedback. As a developer and member of the writing community, I am asking you to post your feedback. If joining SFWA is important to you, and the rules are something you feel should be revised to better reflect the realities of freelancing, then I would like to hear it and I am certain they would as well. Right now, for example, my feeling on this is that there are several things that need to change, especially since no writer I know could extricate the rules/payment for story-based games using Cortex Plus or Fate from their submission. I feel that the emphasis on the vehicle (setting), is only appropriate for certain systems since not every game uses stat blocks. Plus, as written, chapters of GM advice would also not be included, and that concerns me since few books have 40,000 words solely dedicated to setting.
I trust that Steve, especially, will listen to a well-thought out proposal, and I will do this (hopefully with help) if you feel this is something that needs to happen within a week or two. You are also encouraged to reach out and share your thoughts with them as well.
Otherwise, I'm going to take a step back from this, let it sort itself out, and get back to my deadlines and month of hell (e.g. three August cons and two weeks of travel).