Monday, December 18, 2006

Giving Writers a Helping Hand

Good morning from the DFW International Airport. I'm on my way to snowy Denver where I get to have yummy dinner with my fabulous agent tonight.

Today, I thought I'd talk a little bit about how anyone, writer or reader, can help out authors. My fellow Dorchester author and great writer, Rowena Cherry, has compiled a list of 50 ways to help your author friends. It offers some great ideas on how to help writers without spending any cash.

For the record, no one expects you to do all of those. Quite frankly, no one expects you to do ANY of those. But if you're so inclined, we are most appreciative.

For instance, last week on my blog, Sassy Sistah blogged in with stock information for a Barnes & Noble in NC. That is the kind of information that authors love and can't get for themselves. After all, it's hard to cover ever bookstore in the nation - not to mention Walmart, grocery stores, drug stores, etc. Anyway, you get the idea. It's a simple thing to do and it will only take you a minute to drop an author an email to let them know where you saw the book, how many copies the store had and what the placement was, but it will make the author's day.

Thanks so much to all of you who have already done some of the things on the list. You are helping make me a career and that's priceless!

3 comments:

Kimber An said...

I've copied that list and sent my fellow bloggers to it, also. I already do some of what they suggest.

Tori Lennox said...

I already do some of these, but I could do better. In fact I'll even blog about it tomorrow. :)

Jana DeLeon said...

Thanks, kimber and tori!!!

You know, before I was published I did a lot of those things for other authors (and still do) and I believe that good karma I put out there came back to me through others. Your good deeds will not go unrecognized.

 
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