Today instead of mentioning a single author, I'm going to mention many writers who are individuals but also a part of a community. This group, of which I am proud to be a member of is Masters Of Horror, a Facebook group. We have a lot of members with huge talent, some whom are working to develop their skills, and others who just like to be part of a group of writers: some are readers who might one day become writers, but they are in no hurry.
Groups are important. The right group can make you feel welcome without the stress of forcing you into a certain amount of activity when perhaps all you want to do is garner some information or share some experiences. No hassles. Members of this group are very free with sharing their expertise. The members don't feel intimidated about telling the group about their latest book to come out or a story in an anthology. Everyone welcomes the news. There's a good feeling there when that happens. It's not a case of trying to get everyone in the group to buy your book: it's spreading your joy, sharing your accomplishments with others.
One other great thing here is that many members belong to other Facebook or online sites and groups and share the information about these places, opening up new avenues of friendship and knowledge and sometimes just plain fun. Woo, hoo! Nothing wrong with a little fun. Just in the last week, I have joined a couple of groups with thousands of people. Not bad!
That doesn't mean you must join other groups or sites, but the opportunity is there and the exposure to new ideas is always around.
So, my friends, for those of you who wish to see what a great group is like, visit Masters Of Horror. I'll be there!