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

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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