Monday, May 25, 2020

Showing Appreciation for Authors

Book signings, local vendor events, library “reading” hours and launch parties can be part of the daily schedule of an author. The story is written and a publisher is found. No one knows the time and dedication an author has put into each story, article, devotion or whatever they have written.

The finished product is released into the world and another waiting period begins. Will people like the story? Will someone or hopefully many people purchase the story? Not all stories are written for payment. Some pieces of writing are written for enjoyment or to help others or to simply get the author's name out to the world.

When I read a great piece of writing, I like to thank the author via reviews. There are times when I can find a “contact me” page on the author website or social media page. A short note is a great way to let an author know you enjoyed their work.

I’m a published author and I appreciate when readers take the time to review my work. Also, when I receive special messages sharing how the writing impacted them. Smiles from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, babysitters and other authors are appreciated, too, when they share how much they like “Licky the Lizard”. My children’s book is being read online and before the Covid-19 situation, was read at schools, preschools and medical offices.

I am very appreciative of other authors who are writing and sharing their unique talent. Every person has a story inside their thoughts, whether they write the story or speak the story. Our imaginations are filled with possibilities for stories.

If you are a reader, you have a wonderful opportunity to encourage authors. Even if you are a published author, there are many ways to share appreciation for other authors.

First, read their stories, blog posts, articles, devotions. Reading helps us become better writers.

Second, post reviews. The same review can be shared on various sites. Just copy and paste.

Third, if you are able, send a note of thankfulness to the author. Search online for their website and contact information.

Also, share their work on social media. Share with family and friends.

Most of all, thank God for giving people the desire to write and share unique stories.

Have you thanked an author lately? If you are an author, let me say “Thank you”.

Have you thanked an author lately? If you are an author, let me say "Thank you". @mimionlife #seriouslywrite

Blessings,
Melissa Henderson



Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
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29 comments:

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. :-) I love being part of the team.

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  2. Thank you Melissa. As a fellow author, I agree so much.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne. I enjoy reading your posts and sharing them. :-)

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  3. What a great article, Melissa! We authors know how much encouragement means. It helps us celebrate our calling to write. You know how much I love “Licky the Lizard” and my grandchildren too! And I'm so glad you included the third appreciation, a letter of thanks. That's one many of us forget. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Karen. I appreciate how you comment and share. Your support and encouragement truly touch my heart. :-)

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  4. Excellent thoughts, Melissa. Books impact my soul in a way many things cannot. They have been my secret, special friend throughout most of my life. And yet in spite of that impact, I rarely thought to tell the author "thank you." We can do that through reviews, messages to the author, sharing with others, etc.

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    1. Yes, Jessica, I agree. Books have been my special friend, too. Thank you for your encouragement. :-)

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  5. Practical ideas to encourage the writing community!

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    1. Thank you Ava. Yes, there are practical ways to encourage each other. :-)

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  6. I hope and pray we all encourage the writing community. :-) Sharing and commenting is very appreciated. Thank you.

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  7. Melissa, Thank you for a wonderful reminder. I didn't review or rate books online until after I became an author. Now that I understand how much an author appreciates hearing from readers, I routinely enter a review soon after finishing a book.
    And I check reviews for my book almost every day. Sometimes a reader will provide a new perspective on a character or scene that enlightens my own understanding of my story!

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    1. What a great idea to check reviews! Yes, a reader could provide a new perspective. Thank you for reading and commenting. :-)

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  8. I'd never appreciated the value of reviews until a favorite author (award winning, multi-published) spoke about it. Now, with a debut out, I understand the depth of her plea!! Great word, Melissa! I pray it moves many to appreciate the work involved and let the world know.

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    1. Thank you Mary. Congratulations on your debut. :-)

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  9. Reviews means so much, don't they? And we can post them too, supporting fellow authors. Thanks for the article, Melissa!

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    1. Thank you Annette. Yes, reviews truly help authors. :-)

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  10. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments on my blog and have enjoyed connecting with you as an author!

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    1. Thank you Candice. I always enjoy your messages. I look forward to each post you create. :-)I'm glad we have met via the blog world.

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  11. Awesome and very important post Sister.Even though you did not write this for me to say this but I am saying it again, We appreciate you and your gifts. Its nice to read and listen to peoples God given talents and learn. God Bless you as you continue to fill the world with great creativity. God Bless You and Yours!!

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    1. Stephen, thank you for your continued encouragement. I appreciate you and Barb so much. I enjoy your podcasts and the love you share with others. Blessings dear friend. :-)

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  12. Encouragement is part of the Christian walk. We are to exhort one another--and do it daily! Thanks, Melissa. And God bless!

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    1. Amen. Yes, encouragement is part of the Christian walk. God bless you. :-)

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  13. This is a great post, Melissa! We need those reviews for our books to sell. Most readers are unaware of this, and so your words of gentle encouragement to spread the word, to thank the author, to recommend the book, etc., are great appreciated by writers everywhere.

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    1. Thank you Melinda. There are so many ways we can encourage each other. :-)

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  14. Such an encouraging word here, Melissa! I appreciate you and your inspirational writing! Thank you for using your gifts to be a blessing to God and His people.

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