How to support your neighborhood writer…

Hi, it’s my birthday.

You want to get me a gift? Well aren’t you sweet.

Luckily, I know exactly what I want for my birthday this year. I’d love it if you would subscribe to my blog and follow me on a social media channel of your choice. Want to know why I want that?

Deciding to be a writer doesn’t guarantee success. It is a life dedicated to the love of telling a story. It is a labor of love, this life. A lonely journey sometimes, discouraging some times, overwhelmingly joyful at others. (Especially when I get my words published.)

It takes months to write the first draft of a book, and another handful of months to edit the same book. Then, if self publishing, there is the fine art of building a fan base, producing something for folks to read so they can get interested in my writing. Aka, get interested in supporting the book when it’s finally published. Then there will be a few more months dedicated to cover art, publishing, and marketing .

While all that is going on, there is still more writing and happenings in the background. New material is being written and edited and blogs are being conceived and social media is being kept up with…

However, I bet you didn’t know that you can help. The only way an author can afford to be an author is if you help them using the system in place.

*I made the above chart with the inspiration of a few similar tips by Helen Hollick, the Craft Booth, and of course this Pinterest page.


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