Monday, August 26, 2013

Supporting Fellow Authors

Let's be honest. Let's get down to the nitty gritty. Supporting our fellow authors doesn't come naturally or consistently to everyone. Don't get me wrong, there's lots of love to go around, but there's the dark side as well. Some legit (and non-legit) reasons for this unfortunate tendency might be:
  • ignorance of who and how to support
  • jealousy of authors who we've judged unworthy of success
  • spite because of personal or business reasons
  • apathy due to laziness or distraction
  • busy schedules that block our attentions
  • being tapped out financially, emotionally, or creatively
  • demanding family issues
  • etc.
I think we can all name some names of others who are warped or hindered by these issues, and I ain't gonna lie and say that I haven't been influenced by some of these justifications either, but I am whole-heartedly determined to do better. I'm in this biz now, and I had better start embracing it and getting myself involved in this chosen career. How can I expect others to support me if I don't first support them?

So, how do I do that? Here are some ideas:
  • Get on Goodreads and add our favorite author/friends' books. Add them to our TBR lists. Rate them. Review them. Become a "fan."
  • Get on Amazon and do the same.
  • Pre-order. I recently read on a Facebook article that this is one of the best ways that we can ensure the success of a book because print runs are based on pre-orders and the more books that physically exist provide a way for those books to actually sell one day! Makes sense, right?
  • Blog, tweet, FB and provide other social media exposure for the books. "Follow" them and "subscribe" to them wherever and whenever possible.
  • Participate in blog tours, contests and launch parties.
  • Physically go to a book store every once in a while and buy a book for full price. I like to do this one only for my very faves because it gets expensive fast.
In honor of this very effort that I am trying to make, I encourage all of you to visit my friend Renee Collin's blog and participate in her pre-order contest for her hugely anticipated book, RELIC. Everyone is a winner as she has door prizes for all entries.

So what are some other ways to support fellow authors?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Quickie: Taking Risks

Good Monday to you all! It's time for another installment of:

The Quickie

This is where I  post a QUICK WRITING TIP. A writing skill everyone should know. Whether it be technical or creative, useful or not, I'm gonna give it to you! You're gonna be humming the lyrics, "I know you want it..." from Robin Thicke's song, "Blurred Lines."

Or not. Here's the Quickie for today:
Don't fail by default!

Well, maybe the original quote by my girl, J.K. Rowling, says it better:

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default."

So here's to taking risks. Putting yourself out there, your words, your heart, your stories. Not just today, but this week, this month, this year, this life. It takes courage to dream big, especially when so much failure and rejection loom over us, but we must continue to dream. Not in the nightmares or the luke-warm visions of meager success, but in the incautious dreams where we can fly and run through the halls of our high schools, fully-clothed, completed homework in hand, being admired and praised by our peers! 

How are you going to take a risk today, this week, this year?