Publication of the written word on the other hand is a group endeavor that involves the writer, writing / critique groups, beta readers, developmental editors, content and /or copy editors, formatters, layout designers, artists, publishers (whether independent, small, mid or major publishing houses), reviewers, printers, distributors, and publicists. Agents, legal counselors and others become involved from time to time. Thus the mommy author must reach out of the comfort of her writing cave and join the outside world.
Must? What if the writer chooses not to extend their influence beyond their comfort zone? If publication is not the goal then keeping quiet and laying low works. Perhaps all this writer wants is to keep private journals, or doesn't want their narratives read until after they have passed away. They can always hope that future anthropologists will discover their scribbles somewhere in the distant future - like the gnostic gospels.
Benefits of belonging to a writing group:
- Receiving feedback from someone other than the characters in your mind and / or children who may or may not understand.
- Learning from other's experiences.
- Sharing experiences with others with similar goals.
- Networking and discovering resources
- Marketing assistance.