Lee Goldberg lists new criteria for active members approved by the Mystery Writers of America. Lee says, "These new guidelines, approved today by the MWA Board, opens the door to scores of authors whose books are published solely as ebooks or via print-on-demand, but they still exclude self-published works."
From the guidelines themselves:
"Self-published books, whether they are published in print or as e-books, still do not qualify for MWA active membership.
"In crafting the criteria below, we had to strike a balance between including books published using those new technologies while also maintaining our high professional standards and our commitment to protecting our members (and writers in general) from the less-than-reputable publishers who seek to take advantage of them."
This criterion for establishing an Approved Publisher in particular caught my eye: "During the preceding year, the publisher must have paid a minimum of $500 in advances and/or royalties to at least five authors with no financial or ownership interest in the company."
Not being a mystery writer, I have no dog in this fight. But I do find it slightly amusing that their desire to protect their members means that they approve publishers who can prove they've paid a lousy $500 in royalties in a year to five authors. I make quite a lot more than that off self-publishing every month. So do a lot of indie authors. And yet self-published authors are apparently ineligible for Active Membership. Intriguing.