cj Sez: What follows is a stream of consciousness post about how to Support Your Local Writers, whether you’re a writer or a reader.
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If you’re a writer . . .
If you have your own blog, invite guest bloggers. Lyrical Pens does do that, though we haven’t been graced with a guest for a few weeks. (Time to send out some more invitations.) When you have a guest, send out “Coming Attractions” promotions on Facebook, Twitter, et al. Be sure to give your guest bloggers space to say something about their own books.
Join a critique group and be willing to give your fellow authors’ work a fair critique. Be kind but be honest.
If a writer-friend wants to just sit and talk, grab a chair and listen. Writing is a lonely occupation, and most other people don't understand.
Encourage each other. Writing is not a competition; everyone can be successful.
If you’re a yet-to-be-published writer and don’t have a business card, get one. Hand it out to agents, workshop instructors, fellow writers, wherever you have an opportunity to network. Get your name out there as early as possible so they can watch for your new release. It’s a way to build a platform and gain a fan following. Some variation of the one that follows is my suggestion:
Name Jane Doe, Author
Writer of XXX (genre fiction, non-fiction, YA, romance, whatever)
Facebook / Twitteraddress (if you have room)
Now, if you’re a reader (and since writers are also readers, this applies to everyone) . . .
If you’ve read one of their books, post a review…please. Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, Twitter, and wherever you can. Even a few words are helpful.
Like and comment on authors' posts on their Facebook pages. Facebook's algorithms only show posts that FB thinks other members would like to see. That means the more likes and comments a post gets, the more people will see it.
Go to book signings, even if you can’t afford to buy the book at that time. Your attendance is encouraging. I’ve been to book signings where the author and I were the only two people there. I’ve been the author at signings where...well, never mind. With a little planning, you can keep that from happening to another author, and if you’re in Mobile, AL with a new book, I’ll do my best to come to your signing. Just let me know when and where.
Now for some memories . . .
On July 26, 2014, I wrote this post:
Next week, my grandson leaves home to begin his first year of law school, and I am awash with melancholy. The event reminds me how fast time really does fly when you’re having a good time. I moved to Alabama to be near my grandkids and don't you know, they grew up. (sigh) Too soon, I say. Not soon enough, says he. I miss the hugs, giggles, and piano concerts already.
Doesn't matter where the future takes him. To me, he will always be the dark-eyed cutie ready to save the world.
Next week, my grandson graduates law school with a juris doctorate degree, and I am awash with pride.
Everything else in that post is as true today as it was then.
And the picture still fits how I feel about him:
cj Sez: Thanks for stopping by. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
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