I wish I had a better answer to that.
Also, I was wondering, should membership be an active thing? As in, should it be something updated provided somebody meets the criteria, i.e. somebody must have something published once in a year to remain a member? I’m wondering since it seems a tad unfair that some people can become members by “getting in early,” so to speak. What I mean is, when furry was new, publications had less submissions, so it was easier to get something published in them. But now that things like ROAR get, 70+ (I think it was) stories per issue, so it is much harder to get published in them. So, theoretically, somebody might not have the talent to get into a new publication whilst they would have previously, so there can me non-members who are more skilled than old members who simply entered a submission into a publication with few submissions. I would like it if membership was reflective of the times, and that, as the standards of furry publishing progress, so too did the requirement for entry. I don’t know if people would be happy with that though. To me, it would help to combat people thinking the guild is a clique or elitist, since it’s own members would be subject to the same conditions as everybody else.
To me, there has to be a balance between PR and benefits. If the guild wanted to seem too open and lowered it’s requirements too much, then being a member would be pointless, due to the fact that anybody could obtain membership; akin to making an “I can breathe air club”. But if it’s too exclusive, the negative PR will discourage people from approaching the guild, so a fine balance needs to be met. I think that subjecting members to checks would encourage peopel to write, would help to reduce the number, but, because it’s a universal rule, would not be “elitist”, due to the fact that the rules apply equally to members and non-members- thus, increasing the benefit to joining, and the PR (increasing the reasons for joining, and the number of people who want to join).