It’s been a year since Clean Indie Reads created the CIR Strong Award to honor those members who go the extra marathon mile to help their fellow writers, and it has been wonderful to see the both the diversity of the recipients and the commonality of their purpose–to give back to a community that has helped them.
Robert Goluba shows that it doesn’t take long to rise to a mentoring role. New to indie publishing in 2016, he happened upon CIR quite by accident. He explains, “I remember describing CIR as a free college course on writing in one of my first posts and I still believe that today. I have learned so much from everyone in CIR and I try to return the favor whenever possible. I especially like to share my marketing wins and losses so others can learn from my experiences, and I like to encourage others that may feel discouraged about any aspect of writing. I have been there many times myself and CIR was there to give me a boost.” Recently, the admin team caught him offering to help a fellow author with some formatting problems–a task that can easily require hours of focused effort. When we see that kind of selfless service, we know what makes CIR strong.
“I like to spend time on CIR because I consider everyone a colleague and friend. We are all a tribe of authors passionate about writing, designing, promoting, editing, writing clean and supporting other authors that write clean. I am genuinely happy for all the great work and accomplishments from everyone in CIR,” says Robert. That present and genuinely happy support is a great boon to others in Clean Indie Reads. It’s exciting to see in one so new to this venture, and we appreciate Robert’s enthusiasm.
Robert’s writerly dreams began back in the 8th grade when he read Stephen King’s Cujo and was blown away by the author’s ability to create vivid pictures in his head using only words. Thus far, he has published a boxed set of 6 parable / short stories and an inspirational science fiction story with a unique twist.
When not writing or helping other indie authors, he works full-time as a marketing director for many items in your grocery store. (That’s part of the expertise that so many authors lack, so we’re really glad to be able to pick his brain for tips!)
Robert loves hiking with his wife and kids in the mountains of Arizona.