What follows is a stream of consciousness post about a few free and easy ways to Support Your Local Writers, whether you’re a writer or a reader.
If you’re a writer
Invite guest bloggers. When you have a guest, send out “Coming Attractions” promotions on Facebook, Twitter, et al. Be sure to give your guest space to say something about their own books.
Join a (virtual) critique group and be willing to give your fellow authors’ work a fair critique. Be kind but be honest. Start with kind.
If a writer-friend wants to just sit and talk, adjust your mask, grab a
chair across the table, 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 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, Instagram … wherever you can. The briefest of words can be helpful.
Celebrating Black History Month
From Space.com: On February 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn successfully completed his mission to be the first American to orbit the earth, but did you know it was really a group of Black female engineers and programmers that got him safely into orbit and home again?
During World War II, NASA recruited a group of women to act as “computers.” These women became the first Black managers at Langley, and when Glenn was ready to be thrust into space, he trusted one of those women’s calculations more than he trusted the NASA computers.
“Despite Glenn's trajectory being planned by computers, Glenn reportedly wanted (mathematician and “human computer” Katherine) Johnson herself to run through the equations to make sure they were safe.”
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
cj Sez: That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on
keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
P.S. Signed copies of my stand-alone novels (suspense with a touch of romance) are available at The Haunted Bookshop. TO ORDER my autographed books or any book of your choice on-line from an indie bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us
The store has re-opened to limited hours, so if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too.