Oct 05 2014

Seven Ways to Give Back to the Writing Community and My Apology to #writeclub2014

Sunday Seven image

A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?


Ways to give back to the writing community


  1. Support libraries and Friends of the Library groups
  2. Participate in Twitter hashtags like #WW #WriterWednesday #WriteClub #WriteChat #amwriting #writing #writetip #writer
  3. Buy from independent bookshops when possible,  especially during author signing events
  4. Spread the good word about other writers
  5. Leave book reviews on sites like Amazon and Goodreads
  6. If asked, take the time to give honest and constructive feedback to a fellow writer
  7. Support the amazing work done by the people at sites such as World Lit Cafe, Lit Reactor, Operation Awesome, and DL Hammons’ Writeclub



I try to do what I can to give back when I can. It does not always work out. For my human failures, I am sorry.


I have let down my writing community with the following tweet.


DL was right to call me on it.

I didn’t know what the tweet was in reference to until October 1st. @Dannie_Morin – aka Swick- and I were not yet introduced at the time of that tweet.


I put my love and desire for books with diverse characters ahead of logical judgment. Oddly, this could have impacted Cocktail Lion (aka @ajvan), a fellow fantasy entrant who I rallied for during save week. Possibly that pin also violated a rule- I don’t know.
The following image shows the actual and potential impact of the rule violating tweet (as it has been determined that it directly solicited for votes), along with one of the non-rule-breaking tweets from the same day.
Tweet Impact from @JLenniDorner


My deepest apologies to everyone.


To publicly chastise me without giving me the potential benefits from blog comments, please proceed to DL’s wrap-up post.

Not that it makes it right or any better, but:

Click here to see the other #writeclub2014 tweets I made. Also:
retweets of #writeclub2014 by @JLenniDorner

I did not personally read every retweet, so I cannot say if any of those also broke a rule.

Here are the links to all of my other posts (It’s a 5 page Google Doc that I embedded.)

I know that my full disclosure of all of the links will never undo the one horrendous mistake. Possibly more villainous violations will be found! I pray that is not the case.

Hopefully I will serve as an example of what not to do in the future.


Again, I am sorry to all who were involved.


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    • Penminion on October 5, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    I’m no better. I never read the voting rules, or knew there were any. Had no idea rallying for a favorite was breaking bad. Whoops.
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    1. Thanks for the comment. Hopefully I can help others learn the rules by setting a better example.

  1. The amount of good you did for WRiTE CLUB far outweighs your one innocent misstep…and in the end the true champion won out. But for me it does point out that I have to do a better job of informing contestants and voters alike what the rules are and what even a well-intentioned Tweet could do.

    I hope you’ll come back again next year!
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    1. Hopefully some good will come from this. Other people will think before tweeting or something.
      I’d be happy to volunteer to help next year if there’s something more I can do, even just to make amends.
      I really believe in WRiTE CLUB, and I really think you have given a great gift to the world.

    • Pat Hatt on October 6, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Lots of great tips to live by indeed, constructive feedback is always welcome.
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    1. Indeed it is. How else would we ever improve?

  2. Oh well. It seems you have apologized with grace. I signed up for Twitter a couple of years ago but have yet to send a Tweet. Thanks for following my blog.
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    1. That was my goal. I own my mistakes.

  3. Amen! People don’t realize how much leaving reviews for authors on Goodreads and Amazon helps, especially if you like the book. I try to read as many littler-known authors as possible and help boost them by giving them reviews. I wish I had time to do more but there’s never enough reading time.
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    1. I always feel super guilty if I forget to leave a review. I’m making an effort to do better.

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