Q: Since there is already a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, why the formation of RWISA? It’s like a club within a club.
A: Membership into RRBC is open to anyone who completes an application and pays their annual membership fee (if they were members and left the club, they are able to return, as long as they left in good-standing), and since we are such a huge community of support, we welcome everyone. We feel that the more members we have, the greater our support base. With membership into RRBC being open and available to everyone, we do find that there are those who join, yet aren’t serious about their work, and there are also those who join, who don’t really care about the level of work they are putting out, and that tends to reflect in the many books that are found on Amazon with major issues such as sentence structure, too many typos to mention, as well as poor character development. Simply put, they are books not worthy of having been published.
With RWISA, membership is exclusive and is not open to the general public. Membership is available to those writers and authors who are committed and dedicated to excellence in their writing. These writers and authors care extremely deeply about their work and are willing to do all that it takes to ensure that they are introducing only the best into the literary market.
Q: What is the greatest benefit to becoming a member of RWISA?
A: We live in a world where anyone can be tagged as a good/great writer simply because someone likes them, simply because someone felt they supported them greatly on Twitter, or simply because they gave someone a favorable review and that person felt the need or the obligation to tag them as a “good/great writer.” This is sad because in none of these scenarios, did you find the fact that their book had actually been read by the person who tagged them as “good/great writer.”
By this time, everyone knows our Founder, Author, Nonnie Jules‘ position on good/great writing. She is a true Connoisseur of words, which might be why she has a waiting queue of hundreds of requests for reviews from her peers. So, to be aligned with an organization such as this, or any organization where she has endorsed and assured only the BEST will reside, you can feel safe in knowing that your association in this society is truly a reputable one. Those who seek out the work of the members of this society, will be assured that the writing is good or great and more importantly, that the authors here truly CARE about what they are putting out onto the literary horizon.
Q: How does one become a member of RWISA?
A: One must complete a Membership Request Form and once their work has been vetted thoroughly and meets the criteria for membership into this illustrious group, they will be extended a personal invitation to add their name to the roster.
Q: I understand that there is a vetting process as a requirement to membership. What are the criteria?
A: Please visit VETTING / CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP.
Q: Who makes the final decision as to whether one is invited to membership?
A: Our TEAM of seven (7) Vetters vote on each individual potential member. A potential member must garner at least 4 of these 7 votes to be invited to membership.
Q: Who serves on RWISA’s Vetting TEAM?
A: We will not divulge the names of the members on our Vetting TEAM.
Q: Once I submit my request for membership, how long will the vetting process take?
A: Although it is our intent to process all requests immediately, the entire vetting process could take anywhere from 7 to 14 days, depending on the number of requests that we have in queue before you.
Q: Do I have to be a member of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB to join RWISA?
A: Yes. We like to offer amazing benefits of membership to the members of our clubs. Being able to add your name to the roster at RWISA, is just another perk for RRBC members!
Q: Once I have been accepted into membership with RWISA, how long before my complete profile is built on the site?
A: Once you return the requested information in to us, it can take up to 5 days for your profile to be completely built on the RWISA website.
Q: How is my membership with RWISA tied into my membership with RRBC?
A: Your membership with RWISA will not be tied to your membership with RRBC, other than the fact that you have to first be a member of RRBC to have your name added to the RWISA roster. And, because your membership at RWISA is based on your membership with RRBC, you can decide to quit RWISA and still remain a member of RRBC, but you can’t quit RRBC and remain a member of RWISA.
Q: Are there any fees associated with joining RWISA?
A: Yes, there is a one-time NON-REFUNDABLE processing fee and it is only $50.00. (Due to the amount of time involved with establishing author pages on the RWISA site, this fee will increase to $85 beginning December 1, 2017). This small increase is off-set by the fact that there are NO ANNUAL FEES! This fee covers the cost of your establishment on the site with your Author page, Author’s Story (bio) and Author Showcase. It also covers the cost of listing up to 2 book titles with covers and up to 1 book trailer.
Q: I understand that you have a catalog of books. Is there a fee to add books to the catalog?
A: With your membership association, you are allotted up to 2 titles and 1 book trailer to add to the catalog. After your second title and first book trailer, there is a $5 per title/trailer listing fee. At this time, as a member of RWISA, you may list an unlimited number of titles and book trailers. This may change in the near future as our membership grows. IF in fact we have to change this policy, the number of books that you have in the catalog when the change is made, will remain the same.
Q: I have friends who I think would fit in well with this group, as I think they are amazing writers. How can they get their names on the roster?
A: Anyone interested in membership with RWISA, must complete a MEMBERSHIP REQUEST Form. Once their writing has been vetted and approved, they will then receive a personal invitation from us to join.
Q: Do I pay my processing fee when I complete my MEMBERSHIP REQUEST Form?
A: YES! In the beginning, this answer was NO, but since we have had members to complete membership requests, have our vetters take their time to vet and approve said members, only for them to turn around and decline the invitation, as of 6/5/16, the response has changed. If you are serious about adding your name to the RWISA roster, please submit your $50.00/non-refundable processing fee at the time you make application. If your application is declined, at that time, your fee becomes refundable and you will receive a FULL REFUND of your fee.
Our vetters spend a lot of time devoting their full attention to the vetting of each member application, and it is unfair for them to have wasted that time for nought. Again, if members are serious about being added to our roster, they won’t mind this change in process at all.