Ways to Support the Author in Your Life

Charles – I hear you. It’s horrible to admit, but I’ve got more ‘proper’ and quality writerly work done in this nearly a year since my husband died than I ever have before. It’s not that he didn’t support me in practical, tangible ways (I dearly miss the cups of tea, distracting the dogs and even the occasional sinful fry-up when I was on a roll), but the peace and quiet factor has been bliss, even though I haven’t been actively engaged with the work in progress. I’ve had time and space for building up my platforms and dealing with all the real chores of being a writer so that 2016 is the first year I can say that I’m actually looking forward to the marketing and promotion chores as well as the core writing (which I’ll be back in harness for next month). We DO need support of the intimate kind – just in the background and with the sound right down! 😉

Legends of Windemere

Many of us have seen the above picture and it’s right.  That is a great way to support an author that you enjoy and want to see them continue.  Yet, there is another area of support that I wanted to touch on.  What do you do if the author in question isn’t a favorite, but part of your non-cyberspace circle?  Maybe a spouse, a sibling, a friend, or somebody that you interact with outside of a computer.  Is there anything else you can do besides the following phrase?

“I support you and know you can do it.”

This is a powerful phrase, but you have to be ready to back it up with actions such as simply telling others about the book or even beta reading if asked.  Don’t say it and follow up by asking about the author’s Plan B, grilling them about sales made, pointing out the odds…

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