Originally posted in Funds for Writers by C. Hope Clark
This happens at every appearance I make. Someone hears me speak or hold a conversation, then they buy my book, saying, "I don't normally read fiction, but after hearing you talk, I believe I'd like to try one of your books." We then talk about which one to start with, and a sale is made. Hopefully a fan is made as well.
I already know you don't want to appear in public. Most writers don't. Frankly, I'd rather be home in my cutoff sweats and t-shirt with no makeup typing away on a new chapter. I'd rather not put my dogs in a kennel to drive a state away or pack up boxes of books. . . pondering on whether to bring 30 or 130 copies.
But once I am there, I own it. I love someone coming up and saying, "I love your books." or "I've followed you for years." But it doesn't stop there. I ask if they write, or what they read, or where they are from, or what they do for a living. How often do they come to Edisto Beach (I do a lot of signings down there) or come to South Carolina.
Because asking about your readers makes them love you more. Why? Because it shows that you care more about the reader than simply making a sale. People love for others to care about them.
You should care about your readers. These people have offered up to you hours of their finite life, which is a phenomenal gift. A certain number of heartbeats and breaths they'll never get back, all because you were chosen to be a permanent part of their life. . . of their memories.
Y'all, that's what you ought to be thinking when someone picks up your book. So, when they say they've chosen your book, especially if it's a genre they don't normally read, then feel honored and thank them from the bottom of your heart in return.
If you've decided this is the year you're going to read more books, Girlxoxo has you covered with a master list of the 2019 reading challenges. Any challenge you can think of, this list has it, including one that we all probably need to use: Beat the Backlist which encourages us to read all the books we've already purchased but haven't yet opened. Our shelves would thank us.
This Master list has something for everyone, no matter what type of challenge you're up to this year! So go ahead and take a look and pick your challenge. It's never too late to start reading more!
National Book Lovers Day is celebrated on August 9th, but today is the day we celebrate those who love to read and to encourage others to pick up a book. Did you know that reading increases memory, reduces stress, expands your vocabulary, improves your focus, and it increases intelligence? That's an awful of positives you get from making time to read!
I just finished Wolf Winter by Rachel Raithby, and now I'm starting another series called Bitter Ashes by Sara C. Roethle. I try to read at least two fiction books a month and one non-fiction. I'm on a better schedule this year, though, and I'm averaging about three fiction books a month.
So what are you reading on #Readabookday?
Writing isn't a hobby for me. It's my dream. My goal. I can't imagine doing anything else, and while I could still write without readers, it wouldn't be half as much fun. Well, not really even a quarter. That's why, when I saw this post on bookmarket.com, I wanted to share it here. 51 Ways to Help a Book Author You Love.
I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate my readers. Your support means everything to me and to every author who sits behind a keyboard every night.
If you're having trouble staying motivated or think you just haven't found what you should be doing with your life, you need to read this book.
Steve Harvey takes you through the steps to finding your passion and using your gifts to succeed in life. It's a quick, engrossing read that's difficult to put down. And it's impossible not to feel something when you're reading it because you feel like Steve is sitting across from you talking directly to you.
A definite 5 star book!
I've been reading a fair amount of author interviews lately, and I'm surprised by the number of writers saying they don't have time to read because they're too busy writing.
Reading, to me, is a necessity for anyone, but especially for authors. Why? Well, I really can't say it any better than Roz Morris. In her interview at The Write Practice four years ago, she said "Reading—the good and the bad—inspires you. It develops your palate for all the tricks that writers have invented over the years. You can learn from textbooks about the writing craft, but there’s no substitute for discovering for yourself how a writer pulls off a trick. Then that becomes part of your experience."
I will add that you need to know the market, what is selling and what isn't. And by reading, you can quickly discover what would draw a reader to that story line. On top of that, our brains need time to recharge, and reading is one of the best ways to do that.
And finally, supporting your fellow authors by reading their books is a great way to give back to the writing community.
So I would encourage you to read for enjoyment, read to learn, and read to give your brain a boost!
And in case you're wondering what I'm reading right now, it's The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Do romances that happen really quickly in a story come across as unbelievable to you, or do you find yourself rooting for the characters in spite of the timeline?
Connecting Strangers, my romantic suspense releasing July 21st, has a whirlwind romance, and I see that it's a divided issue between reviewers. Some like it. Some don't.
To me, when someone is hungry for love and they meet "the one", they know. Their hearts tells them not to waste time. Maybe that makes me a bit of a softie or even too much of a dreamer. Regardless, I still believe in fairy tales, and whirlwind romances are what dreams are made of.
What about you? Do you think romances that happen fast are too unrealistic? How long did you know your spouse or significant other before you knew he/she was the one?
We all have our favorite bedtime stories. When we were a kid, they were stories like Puff, the Magic Dragon or anything by Dr. Seuss. As we grew older, we chose our own books and read to ourselves. Maybe a little Judy Bloom?
Once we're adults, the stories get a little more interesting. Whether it's romance or non-fiction, horror or coming of age sagas, we all have favorite genres that we curl up with at night or other times of the day. And we all have those stories we return to time and again because they're like a security blanket. Everlastin' by Mickee Madden is one of those books for me.
Reading is a wonderful past-time, but do you ever miss cuddling in the bed while your mom or dad read a story to you? Or maybe it was your big sister or brother, or a favorite aunt or uncle who took the time to read to you at night. If you miss hearing a soothing voice lull you to sleep, you might want to give audio books a try. The sense of comfort is still there, and if you find a book with the right narrator, you've got your bedtime story all over again. Or you can skip the bed altogether and stay up to listen to the end of the story. Good luck explaining the bloodshot eyes to the boss, though!
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