by Beth K. Vogt, @bethvogt
Let’s talk about other authors for a moment, shall we?
We like to say “It’s who you know” that helps you succeed as a writer – and there’s truth to that statement. But I also believe kindness begets kindness. The actual quote is “Kindness begets kindness evermore.”(Sophocles (496 BC- 406 BC), writer of ancient Greek tragedies)
But I digress.
Let’s avoid name dropping – the “who” we know – and talk about how we can help other authors. Just as writing can be isolating, this gig also can become awfully self-centered if we’re not careful. We can get so focused on our deadlines, our marketing goals, our to-do-or-die lists, that we forget there are lots of other writers just like us who want the same things we do: encouragement, positive feedback, and yes, success.
How can we encourage the authors around us? Might I suggest:
- Write them a note. Keep your message as simple as “Hi, I was thinking about you and I hope you’re having a great week.” Short and sweet. Or tell them you’re praying for them – and then do just that before mailing the card. (Yep, good, old-fashioned snail mail.) Tell them you love their book cover or their book.
- Give them a shout-out on social media. We all know how important social media is to an author nowadays because we’re all trying to be social with our readers. Here are some options:
- Retweet another author’s tweet.
- If you see another author’s book in a bookstore, take a photo of it and post it on Instagram/Facebook.
- Share when another author’s book is on sale.
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- Mention them in your newsletter. I’ve seen other authors have a “What’s on my nightstand” or “What I’m reading right now” section in their newsletters, and they include a photo of other authors’ books. How nice is that?
- Offer a group contest for your readers – and invite a debut author or two to be a part of the fun. Just-published authors are often looking for opportunities to get their names and their books out there. Ask them to join a giveaway rather than waiting for them to ask you to be included.
- Give their book away as part of a contest prize package. Last fall, I did a Facebook Live where I shared five things about me. At the end, I also shared several books by some of my author-friends, and then I gave the copies away to people who left comments.
What about you? How do you support and encourage other authors?
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It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine—as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.
But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.
Includes discussion questions.
Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth’s first women’s fiction novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, releases May 2018. Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA® finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Having authored nine contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers group and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories. Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.