Welcome to our new Social Network site. As always, I'm constantly trying to find new ways to make AFWB work better for you all. The new year is coming and with it, we want to make Author Friends With Benefits even better, so we're trying this new service out. You'll have to let us know if you think it is beneficial - you know how much I love feedback! This will be a place where authors can promote their books, readers can share what they are reading, and more. The more we use it, the more we will be able to do with it. But for now, I just want to say WELCOME!
For those of you who don't know very much about Author Friends With Benefits, let me take a minute to share a few bits and pieces with you. AFWB is first and foremost a family of authors; learning from each other and growing together. However, that doesn't mean that this site is just for authors. It's really not. Everyone is welcome, so long as you love books. Be you an author, reader, blogger, or PA. You are 100% welcome here.
We have a mission statement:
AFWB is a online community in which authors get to support other authors and receive support in return. We are all lovers of books to begin with and we share our love for storytelling and our experiences to empower and embrace each other's talents.
Author Friends With Benefits began in February 2017 as a Facebook Group that wanted to encourage authors to work together to promote each other. From there it quickly grew a Facebook membership and then set up it’s own website www.authorfriendswithbenefits.com in May 2017, at which point it aimed to charge for membership and provide a wide range of “Opt-In Benefits” services.
Author Friends With Benefits was first created because Hannah Murdoch Epton “Author Hanleigh Bradley” felt that independent and small published authors had a huge challenge in front of them, trying to promote themselves without any real marketing experience or the time to do the job justice. She felt that if they shared the burden of promotion, together authors would have more time to write. For that reason she wanted to create a community of authors who genuinely supported and encouraged one another. As well as that, in her time as an Author PA Hannah came across multiple authors who had poor experiences with service providers. She saw an opportunity to provide cost effective and reliable services attached to a brand that would be trusted.
Author Friends With Benefits Objectives:
A Sense Of True Community – our greatest ambition is to create a real community of writers who support and encourage one another as such we put emphasis on methods of communication between authors and encourage networking both between authors and authors, and authors and readers.
Provide Cost Effective and Reliable Services – another key objective is to provide author services that can be trusted. Too many independent authors have had negative experiences with the service providers they have found on social media. We want to change the way authors search for service providers – rather than sharing a Facebook post requesting an editor, we would like to encourage them to “shop around” using our Directory of Services and hopefully purchase our Opt-In Services.
Reader’s Network – We aim to develop a readership that will be engaged in our community and participate in our online events and book club. Through this network we will be able to provide reviews.
If you want more information about AFWB or you would like to join our paid membership, please check out our website: www.authorfriendswithbenefits.com
This site will be used to share what we love - BOOKS. Authors can interact with readers, readers can interact with other readers, and so on. The most important thing is we can all avoid the noise of our most common social media sites whilst still connecting with the Book Community we love.