The Perfect (Free)
Holiday Gift from Readers
Or course you knew I’d say that. We
all owe a debt to the publishing industry and its sidekick,
the indies. And probably most of us single out at least
a couple of people on our holiday lists to give a book
But how many of us have an author on our
holiday list? Isn’t there something you could give
an author—even one you don’t know personally?
Even if you have a serious holiday budget you must stick
The holidays are a time to let your spirit
of giving overcome any reticence you may have about contacting
a favorite author. I promise you, there is no gift greater
for authors than hearing from a reader. Well, OK. There
is one. That is when a reader writes a review for a book
without being prompted to do so.
So drop a note to an author, or write a
review of that author’s book and post it on a blog
or on one of the online bookstores. It’s free and
it’s a full-of-love gift.
And here are the easy to do steps to make
sure your author gets full benefit of your generous (yes,
it is!) gift!
Write your review.
Google your author’s name and go to his or her
should find a contact feature, perhaps on the About
the Author page.
your review and then paste it into an e-mail with
a quick personal message to the author.
you could post your review on your blog. If you do,
let your author know with a thank you note and then
use that same link to promote your post on Twitter,
Facebook, and any other social networks you belong
Once you have done this, it becomes easy. If you can,
do it one more time with another author, preferably
one who writes in a different genre.
If giving a review doesn’t get you into the holiday
spirit, maybe this will: You are contributing to an
industry that provides you with something you love—books!
Tips and Tidbits
(Each month in this box, Carolyn
lists a Tidbit that will help authors write or promote
better. She will also include a Tip to help readers
find a treasure among long-neglected books or a
sapphire among the newly-published.)
Tidbit: Everyone is a writer these
days. They write on social networks. They
blog. They may even write books. My multi
Frugal Editor will help them with all
the grammar and formatting that their English
teacher never taught them. Or all the things
that have changed since their English teacher
gave them an A. The Frugal Editor is now in
its second edition in paper or as an e-book.
It’s been reformatted, updated, and
I recently reviewed Herodotus’
Histories (published by Penguin) here on
MyShelf.com. If you’ve tried to read it
and put it aside, now is the time to try again.
If you’ve always wanted to read it and
haven’t, now is the time to do it. The
translation and foreword are truly remarkable
and the paperback is a special edition worthy
of placing on a coffee table to impress fellow
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Howard-Johnson is a multi award-winning novelist, poet
and author of the HowToDoItFrugally series of
how-to books. She occasionally teaches classes for the
renowned UCLA Extension Writers' Program.
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