G is for Groups


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.

A few of the groups I belong to

A few of the groups I belong to

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


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6 Responses to G is for Groups

  1. I love joining groups, especially of the reading and writing variety.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

    • Maris Soule says:

      I’ve been away from my computer for three days, S.L., so I’ve fallen behind in reading other blogs by writers in the challenge. I’ve also fallen behind in responding to comments. Thanks for taking the time to comment on mine.

  2. ann bennett says:

    I’ve had a hard time finding a group to work with. I’m a long way from getting anything ready but I would love a sounding board.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Ann, I know what you mean. I think one reason I keep joining groups is I’m looking for that perfect blend of support and inspiration. There have been groups that I’ve belonged to that have been wonderful, but nothing ever stays the same, and over time those groups usually fall apart. On the other hand, by belonging to a variety of groups, I gain a little from one, a little from another, and on the whole feel I’ve benefitted.

  3. I like groups too. 🙂 what are your top 3 favorites and which if any would you avoid like the plague? Glad I found you in the A-to-Z 🙂 Drop by Down Home Thoughts and share a thought or two.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Shawn, naming 3 favorites isn’t easy for me. The ones I belong to, I do so because I gain something from my membership. And what I gain may vary depending on where I am in my career. I continue to belong to a group I joined over 30 years ago. What I gain there is friendship. With MWA and Sisters-in-Crime, it’s industry news. If I felt I wanted to avoid a group like the plague, I would not belong…or, if I joined by mistake, I would soon drop out. Right now I can’t think of any that fit that definition. Also, I have dropped by your site. I’m loving what you have there.