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Over the years I have at times let my membership lapse and/or maintained it. Mostly, what I've gotten from STC is a way to link up
and socialize with others in the field on a face-to-face basis rather than only through forums like this one. I've also made a few
successful job contacts through the STC listings. I would also say that being a member has not significantly affected my earnings
over time either way, though I can see how for some people, seeing what other writers with similar experience in the same area
reported (in the old survey) might have helped bolster their confidence to hold out for higher pay.
However, the statement in question was that STC members made more, not that belonging to STC was why they made it. STC's reasoning
that the organization membership tends to attract people who "take the profession more seriously" and are thus in the higher income
ranges of the profession could also explain it (assuming it's true).
> Strictly speaking for myself, I make far more money today than I ever did as
> an STC member, and my career grew just find without the help of STC. This
> doesn't mean STC is bad, but it does toss a wrench into your argument that
> STC members make more money.....
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