I’m a groupaholic. If there’s a group out there—physically or on-line—I join. Well, maybe not all groups, but if it’s a gathering of writers that even remotely write or talk about what I write, chances are I’m a member.
This is good and bad. I learn from others, enjoy the camaraderie of being with fellow writers, and consider my memberships as a part of my marketing program.
Negatives? Groups are time consuming. Going to meetings takes time away from writing time. Reading on-line posts takes up writing time. Supporting other members in their efforts to market their books takes up writing time, and sometimes money if I buy a book. (But, if I’m hoping they’ll support my efforts, I certainly need to reciprocate.)
There’s a monitory cost. Not all groups charge for membership, but I have a long list of ones that do. Professional fees may be a legitimate expense of doing business, but it also depletes the bank account.
Do the benefits outweigh the negatives?
It’s like those credit card ads: The friendships I’ve made through some of these groups, along with the knowledge I’ve gained, is priceless. So I’ll keep shelling out money for dues and spending time attending meetings and reading posts and blogs.
I now have several blogs on this “challenge” to read. I hope you’ll read a few others, too. A-to-Z Blogging Challenge