My Responsibility as a Writer

If you are a writer looking for advice from online sources, you’ll frequently hear that writers are among the most generous members of any given field. They will share ideas with you, help promote you, point you to useful resources… in short, they are very giving for people who are supposed to be competitors.

RRBCFor the most part, with few exceptions, I’ve found that to be true of writers.

Then there are the people in the industry who go above and beyond.

The organization I’m talking about is the Rave Reviews Book Club. This isn’t your ordinary book club. Sure, readers can join and find plenty of suggestions about books to read. They can even find reviews and people to discuss fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with. But this organization does so much more than offer a hub for readers.

They are all about networking, promoting others, paying kindnesses forward.

If you are an author, you won’t find a better book club to join. IF (and that’s purposely a big IF) you go into it with the right mindset. Don’t join RRBC if you want people to help you; join because you want to help them.

RRBC offers the following benefits to their members:

  • books listed in their catalog
  • visibility, which can result in paid downloads and reviews
  • free or discounted contest entries
  • social media support
  • possible invitation to be the feature in podcasts and other promotions
  • consideration for work to be included in their anthologies
  • discounts to their workshops and expos
  • so much more…

The most interesting thing is that this organization was created not to make money, not as an excuse to hang out with friends, not to create an income stream like so many other writers do with additional products and courses, but as a way to bring attention to literature that people might not otherwise find.

It doesn’t get more altruistic than that.

So if you want to be a pay-it-forward kind of writer, what are your responsibilities? These are the traits I think you need to possess.

 W Writing Knowledge. Be willing to share your tips, tricks, and experiences with others. You will both benefit.
 R Respectful Attitude. If you know more than someone else, do not talk down to them or ignore them. You were once in the same position. Pay it forward.
 I Indomitable Spirit. Writers get rejected. A lot. Keep a positive attitude. Optimism is infectious, and it’s self-fulfilling.
 T Tenacity. Keep going; persevere. Your attitude will rub off on others, as well. It’s a hard vocation, but you can succeed.
 E Enthusiasm. Passion breeds success. Be excited about your work. Sit at your computer anxious to write, and then share your work and methods.
 R Responsiveness. If people take the time to reach out to you, no matter the reason, answer them. In a timely manner. It’s not only polite; it’s a good networking opportunity for both of you.

So that’s what I think a writer’s responsibilities are. Most of them are more about giving of yourself than receiving, but I believe everything evens out in the end. Besides, helping people feels good!

If meeting wonderful, helpful people who are interested in reading and writing sounds like something you’d enjoy or benefit from (on multiple levels), you owe it to yourself to check out Rave Reviews Book Club. The cost is minimal, the rewards are priceless.

Click the link above to go to the main site, or if you’re ready to jump aboard now, click here for the membership page. (And tell them I sent you!)

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34 Comments Add yours

    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Hmm. I’m sorry to hear that, Dusty. I can’t imagine why. The link works on my end.

      If you’re interested, try doing a web search for Rave Reviews Book Club and brute-forcing your way in. Sorry you’re having trouble.

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  1. Absolutely fabulous, Staci! I’m sharing this post as much as I can! 🙂

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Aw. Thank you, Natalie. I appreciate that.

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  2. I am late in responding, but I thought you did an amazing presentation. Especially liked the way you broke down the word WRITER.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      It’s never too late to hear from someone. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. Soooz says:

    Reblogged this on Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke. and commented:
    We all have a responsibility as writers. Part of that is the responsibility to share our truths with dignity and honesty.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Thanks for sharing, Soooz.

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  4. I belong to a few writing groups around my hometown, and to a few online groups. I will check this out. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      I hope you do, Michele. You’ll love it.

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  5. beemweeks says:

    When you wrote, “to bring attention to literature that people might not otherwise find,” you really nailed the very heart of the RRBC community. Well done, Staci.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Thank you, Beem. I hope this post reaches a lot of people who understand and appreciate that statement.

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  6. Gwen Plano says:

    What a fun post, Staci. I love how you dissected WRITER for all of us. Great job!

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Aw, thanks Gwen. 🙂

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  7. Great post, Staci. New meaning to the word WRITER. Thanks

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      1. You are welcome. 🙂

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  8. Mae Clair says:

    An excellent post on the benefits of RRBC, Staci. I have met so many amazing friendly and supportive authors since joining the club. It really is about networking and helping each other, truly different from the bulk of clubs that are out there. I know I am looking forward to remaining a member for a long time to come!

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Thanks, Mae. And I echo your feelings.

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  9. Love your post, Staci! Very uplifting. So wonderful to hear about authors supporting each other. You are truly one who represents RRBC well!

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Thank you so much, Patricia. That’s high praise coming from such a strong supporter like yourself.

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  10. Jan Hawke says:

    Great article Staci – hope you get a good crowd in today and maybe some more new faces on board the good ship RRBC 😉

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Thanks, Jan. I’d love it if we got new members. The more, the merrier!

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  11. Joan Hall says:

    Great post, Staci. I knew you had joined, but didn’t know much about the organization. I’ll check it out. I’ve always said that if, ahem, when I became a published author I wanted to help other young writers. There are tons in the industry that know a lot more than me, but I can, at the least, encourage others.

    My friend and I established a writers group a few years ago. In those early days, we were more about learning the craft rather than being the critique group which we now are. My friend asked a published author who lived close by if she would be willing to speak to our group. Her reply was, “What do you want from me. I don’t travel (like all of 12 miles), and I don’t help other authors.” Turned me off, but that’s when I realized I never wanted to be like her. To be fair, she is in a wheelchair, but on her website I’ve seen photos of her at various writer conferences rubbing noses with other published authors. Enough said!

    Sorry for the rant.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Well, Joan, you ARE–ahem–a published author. This is a fabulous bunch, and I think you’d really love it.

      As for the woman you mentioned in your comment, put her out of your mind. She’s the selfish type who detracts from our community of writers. (And a wheelchair is no excuse. The woman who co-founded the NWA Writers Group I first joined when moving to Arkansas? She’s in a wheelchair, and she’s one of the most active, most supportive, most giving writers I’ve ever met.)

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    2. Loved your rant, Joan! You sound like our (RRBC) kind of writer – you’ll fit right in!

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      1. Joan Hall says:

        Thanks, John. I plan to check it out!

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  12. This is one of the best posts I’ve seen about RRBC. I agree with you about the whole thing.

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    1. Staci Troilo says:

      Thank you, Craig. I’m pleased you think so. 🙂

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      1. I tweeted it out too. I have a guest today, so I can’t share it on WordPress. I can share it on FB in a few hours too.

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      2. Staci Troilo says:

        Thanks. I’d appreciate the share. Now I have to go figure out why I didn’t get your post in my email today. Sigh.

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    2. What an amazing post! Thank you! I might know “a little” about this group and I raise my glass (of OJ) to every word you’ve shared about it. Thanks, Staci, and Happy New Year!

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      1. Staci Troilo says:

        Thanks, Nonnie. If I managed to please RRBC’s founder with my words, then I know I’m on the right track.

        Happy New Year to you and yours.

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