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The Facebook Group Vocal + Assist

A Bit About Who We Are

By J. Delaney-HowePublished 27 days ago โ€ข 3 min read
Top Story - August 2023
Image Created by Rick Henry Christopher

Many of us creators on Vocal Media belong to many Facebook groups for Vocal Media. While it is important to remember that Vocal does not run any of these groups, they play a crucial role in building community, sharing our work, and acquiring some reads. While there are several groups out there, I would like to highlight the group Vocal + Assist for this article.

Vocal + Assist was started by Rick Henry Christopher in March of 2022. He started this group to distract himself from the grief of the passing of his brother and his mother's failing health. He envisioned a group with equal opportunity for all creators in the group to be seen. All admins' current mission is to build and foster a sense of community. We even have a group chat called "Mood Boost" for creators to chat about anything, building each other up and offering support.

In Vocal + Assist, we offer many ways for you to share your work, engage in posts, and build community. You can start by joining here:

Post Your Pieces in the Group

According to the group rules, you can post stories up to four times daily. Interact with the people commenting on your posts, and do some reading.

Author of the Day

We feature an author of the day, share their profile, or even a specific piece they published. This is a different author each day and is done on a rotating basis, so eventually, everyone in the group will be an author of the day.

Monday's Alphabet Thread

A new letter will be posted each Monday for creators to share their work whose title begins with the assigned letter. This thread is a read-to-post thread, where if you post a story, you read a story or two!

Top Story Thread

Each Monday, we post a "Top Story" thread for that week. Anyone in the group who gets a "Top Story" designation from Vocal during that week is shared in this thread. If the admins miss any, people are encouraged to post their "Top Story" if we haven't.

New Members Post

Each month, we post a Welcome thread and share the names of all of our new members for that month to welcome them to the group.

Top Contributor

Each month, we post the "Top Contributor". This person has contributed with stories, likes, comments, and feedback from Facebook algorithms. The only catch is the top contributor cannot win two months in a row. This keeps the theme of helping everyone in the group get noticed.

Up and Coming Threads

We have some new threads in the works, too! One will be "What the Admins Are Reading", where each admin will post what they read in the group. As of right now, it will be posted on Fridays.

Another item in the works is Critique Rooms, where authors can go to get and give critiques on a piece.

And lastly, we will be working on a prompt challenge, where the prompt challenge winner will receive a five-dollar tip. More to come on both of those, so keep watching! Rest assured, all admins are constantly thinking of new ideas and opportunities to highlight the authors in our group.


Our group works because we not only post our stories but we read each other's stories as well. As a writer, there are many benefits to reading other works. Reading may inspire you. You may learn a new word or two. You may see how characters are developed or how a plot twist is formattedโ€”endless benefits to reading each other's work. I am attaching a link below to an article from the fabulous Judey Kalchik that explains reciprocity beautifully.

Thank you for learning more about Vocal + Assist. We would love to have you in our group!

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About the Creator

J. Delaney-Howe

Bipolar poet. Father. Grandfather. Husband. I write poetry, prose, some fiction and a good bit about family. Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to ask questions in the comments of a story.

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  • Carol Townenda day ago

    Thank you, I will take a look when I finally get on facebook.

  • Sounds like a good group of supportive creators!

  • Please I just wrote my article, kindly rate it for me so I can do better

  • Facebook will not allow us to have a Facebook account under our pen names, but thank you anyway.

  • Alexander McEvoy24 days ago

    Wow this sounds like a great initiative

  • There are a lot of gems on V+A. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Mother Combs24 days ago


  • Congratulations on the Top Story Jim!!!

  • Mackenzie Davis24 days ago

    Thank you for this, J! I am in the group but am hopeless at learning FB. Slowly getting there, I think. Excited about the upcoming additions! โค๏ธ

  • Listox24 days ago


  • Such a lovely idea and great positive write up :) Thanks for sharing and congrats on TS! ๐Ÿค

  • Babs Iverson26 days ago


  • River Joy26 days ago

    Really great write up! So excited to be part of this team now :)

  • This is one of my most favourite FB groups! I have been both a Group Expert and a Moderator before and I really loved it! However, I'm not as active as before in any of the FB groups. Nothing personal but it takes me so much time to read everything from my Vocal notifications to the extent that I'm so exhausted to browse through the groups. But the thing is, through Vocal notifications, I get to read all stories regardless whether it's posted in FB or not. So I'm kinda focusing here for now. That doesn't mean I forgot how much these groups have helped me, especially V+A! I will always be eternally grateful!

  • Thank you for posting this informative article for those unaware of the group & jolt/reminder for those of us who have been absent from it for far too long. (That would be me.)

  • Manisha Dhalani26 days ago

    Oh this is nice. Will join!

  • Tiffany Gordon 26 days ago


  • I love the Vocal + Assist group! There is so much great reciprocity, it's not even funny! And everyone is very kind.

  • Lamar Wiggins27 days ago

    Excellent pitch! If I wasn't already a member, I would be joining right away. Thank you!

  • Thavien Yliaster27 days ago

    It's a nice group to be apart of, no doubt. When I was apart of it I did gain more reads here and there. The thing is though, as You mentioned earlier, J., there are tons of other Facebook groups, but even more outside of Facebook. Reciprocity is helpful and will generate reads, but it's not the most effective manner, especially if You read stories only from the same people within the group. Yes, we all have friend groups and close knit circles, but expanding from those groups and earning readers that are genuinely interested in our work so we don't have to give reads-for-reads is also important to. If You had the choice to read another story for 10 minutes or make one in 10 minutes, would You go for creation or reciprocation? Cause during the act of creation as a creator You will tend to read and research for inspiration.

  • Judey Kalchik 27 days ago

    You are so clear and thorough in your explanations, Jim! And thank you for including my post, itโ€™s a message very dear to me

  • Ashley Lima27 days ago

    Fantastic write-up! I love Vocal+ Assist. It's the first Facebook group I joined, and it changed my perspective of the website for the better

  • Youโ€™ve said it all so well! Happy to be sharing the admin stage with ya :)

  • i love the Vocal Assist group. I'm not much of a talker there, but I can do a quick read.thank you for giving the creator a shout out!

  • This was wonderful Jim. I really enjoyed your rundown on the group. We really do have fun in the group and the admin team is great...!!!

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