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Let The Authors In Your Life Know That You Care – Be A Romantic Reader

Be a hopelessly romantic reader and give your favorite authors plenty of praise and attention.

Despite our tough, grizzled exteriors, we writers can be a sensitive bunch (no, no it’s true), especially when it comes to our babies. No, not the actual, drooly, thousand-pics-on-Facebook babies. I’m talking about our writing.

Mild criticism can send your average writer on wild crying, ice-cream binging, alcohol-guzzling jags, and compliments can rocket us to the moon (where we immediately asphyxiate with dopey grins on our faces).

Writers love praise. They love hearing from readers, and they appreciate reviews, feedback, and basically any indication that someone has noticed the fact that they just spent months or years of their life pouring their soul into a book.

So, if you want to show the special writers in your life that you care, it’s time to step up your game and become a romantic reader. That’s right. Spritz on some perfume or cologne, shell out a couple of bucks for a bouquet of flowers, and be the gooiest, most supportive reader you can be.

Don’t you love it when your spouse or partner is just “there” for you? They listen to you after you’ve had a tough day, encourage you to pursue your dreams, and attend every one of your open mic poetry slams or garage band rehearsals?

If you really want to support your favorite writers, then be “there” for them:

  • Write positive (and honest) reviews of their novels and post the reviews on multiple sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.
  • Like their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, and actually participate
  • Read their blog and post comments. (You know, like, maaaaybe this one?)
  • Send them an email about what their book meant to you. (It probably won’t take you more than 15 minutes to write but will spend years framed on the author’s wall)
  • Recommend their books to friends and family members who might enjoy them
  • If you notice one of your favorite authors has written a guest post, is doing a nearby signing, or has been interviewed somewhere on the web, show up and support them
  • Join their mailing list, so you can snap up any new writing that comes out

Going out of your way to support your favorite authors may seem like a lot of extra work, but it’s really not, and it will truly have a huge and positive impact on their lives. Even just a considerate comment posted on an author’s Facebook page that took you a minute to write can make that author’s day or even their entire week plus the weekend.

If you’ve ever read a book that has squeezed tears out of you like a sponge, made you laugh until you snorted, or touched your heart and your mind in a profound way, then give back to those writers.  Most of us don’t write for fame or money. We write from love. Give that love back to the writers you enjoy, especially new or unknown authors. Be a romantic reader.

Random Update

I’m so close to finishing Rising, the third book in my Girl With Broken Wings series, that I can taste it. It will definitely be hitting shelves in April. I’m so proud of this very big baby. It’s been a long labor (okay, I’m officially cooling it with the baby metaphors now), but the results will be worth it.

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