Recently, I chatted about 7 Ways to Help Your Local (Or not-so-local) Author. In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, I want to continue in that vein, inspired by Carolyn Howard-Johnson's post, about The Perfect (Very Frugal!) Gift for Authors. Of course there is the word play on "frugal. She is the author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers.
Frugal or free doesn't mean without value. What can be one of a writer's most cherished items is a review. Per Carolyn, "It’s free and it’s a full-of-love gift." Go here to read the full story. Writers On The Move: The Perfect Gift for Authors is Free! She provides a few steps on how to ensure the author gets the most benefit out of your generous gift. Be sure to check out her books as well. Besides the HowtoDoItFrugally series, Carolyn is also the author of a novel and several books of poetry including her most recent, Imperfect Echoes.
And for other ways to help your favorite author? Mystery author Heather Weidner summarizes the ways as Review - Tell - Share - Buy - Nominate - Blog. Her suggestions are at heatherweidner.com/blog/2016/8/28/7-ways-to-help-your-friendly-neighborhood-author.
Carolyn encourages that 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 a positive comment from a reader. Whether you give a book, leave a review, or attend an author meet and greet, to all the readers out there-- you are appreciated.
~till next time, Helen