I was recently interviewed by my fellow rock star author Jade C. Jamison. One of her questions was in regards to my involvement in the following two groups. It’s a great question and I think I’ve managed to answer it correctly below. I thought I’d re-visit this question in my blog today for anyone who might be a wee bit confused. So without further ado…
Maria, thank you for answering questions for me today. I first met you through the Rockstars Among Us Facebook Group I was invited to a while back. Can you tell readers what the difference is between the two groups (Rockstars Among Us Book Club and Rock Star VIPs: Main Stage) and your level of involvement in each (because you seem—to me, at least—to be instrumental in both).
Early January 2015, I started Rockstars Among Us Book Club. I could not find a Facebook Book Group dedicated to the rockstar genre, so I created my own. I wanted a group where our genre would not be lost amongst the multitudes of other genres.
I wanted to form a group where I could invite my readers to discuss and promote my books. However, I did not want to make it only about me, Maria Bernard.
Shortly after creating RAU, I started inviting other authors of rockstar romance. My goal was to create an easygoing, casual atmosphere where authors and readers could get to know each other and discuss favourite books, bands, and musicians.
Through my involvement with the group, I’ve met many readers and writers I now consider good friends. Author Lashell Collins shared a similar vision and is now co-admin for RAU. Together with Author Bella Jeanisse, we have made the group into what it is today.
Rockstars Among Us Book Club is open to all authors of rockstar romance. Promotion by authors is welcome and encouraged (as long as promos are rockstar related). Participation of all members (readers and writers) is also encouraged.
Now onto the Rock Star VIPs: Main Stage (Group)
Early 2016, I was invited to join Rock Star VIPs: Main Stage (Group), an author/reader group dedicated to the Rock Star Romance genre. The Rock Star VIP Group features a core 15 authors of rock star romance with minimal promo.
I believe the two groups have similar goals. The only major difference is VIPs is dedicated to the promotion of its 15 core authors, while RAU is open to all authors of the rock star genre.