Ways to Support the Author in Your Life

Writing can be crazy-making. We read posts making fun of the writing life, our quirks and insecurities, our endless search for balance. I’m blessed to live with a person who supports my passion, values my work, and stays out of my creative way. Charles Yallowitz wrote this great post with another take on how to support the writer(s) in your life. In case you missed it…

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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…

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32 thoughts on “Ways to Support the Author in Your Life

  1. Let me say that so many Indie authors offer such great value for the money. Some of my favorite reads are from my blogging buddies.

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    • I agree, Jacqui, the writer community is astonishingly generous. Yet, I wouldn’t be able to do this without my husband’s support too. He’s my everyday trooper. Thanks for much for visiting and commenting 🙂

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  2. Every bit spot on! Like Charles, I don’t have an office (yet), so I get the dilemma about being in or out of traffic. Thanks for sharing this, Diana. It reminds me that even though I can’t depend on DH for editing or other writing advice, he does give me time, patience, and understanding. The support from fellow authors is also valued, and vital, I think, both in terms of sharing knowledge and encouragement. 🙂

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    • Time, patience, and understanding are golden, Julie. It takes years to get this going for most of us, and the support of our families is essential. And you are right about the encouragement of other authors. It makes all the writing/publishing craziness seem normal 🙂

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  3. Great tips. I do my best to support as many authors as possible, whether they’re traditionally published, independent-publisher published, or self published. It’s just a positive energy thing–the more you give and help others, the more support you get back in return. It’s never 100 percent, but that’s okay–you still get more support from other authors than the many newbie authors who do nothing for others do.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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    • I think you’re right, Stephanie, that seasoned writers are often the most helpful. They know how hard this business is and how each word of support can make a huge difference – on so many levels. In time, the newbies become the pros and on it goes. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Have a great week 🙂

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  4. If you have someone who understands your need to write, think, plan, etc., hang on to them! 🙂

    A great share, Diana. His post is spot on. I love your phrase- “Crazy-making.”

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  5. reocochran says:

    All very good ways to support authors, Diana! This will motivate more helpful friends and family members. Wonderful share! 🙂

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  6. hsampson says:

    This is SO true D!! Thanks for sharing !!!!

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  7. Sabiscuit says:

    It is great to know that you are supported by the person closest to you. It must make every day so much brighter. I wish you all the best on your writing journeys. ❤

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  8. Sean P Carlin says:

    Great repost, Diana. And thanks for making me aware of Charles and his blog!

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  9. Carrie Rubin says:

    Great post. Thanks for sharing it. By the way, I read The Sorcerer’s Garden. Really enjoyed it!

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  10. The Child Bride sometimes forgets and snarls, “Are you still playing on that computer?” Support appreciated, dear.

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  11. Excellent! Sharing… 🙂

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