7 Ways to Help the Author in your Life

This list comes to you from someone who has ridden the roller coaster of publishing more times than I would like to discuss or think about… mainly because I get very nauseous on roller coasters. This list is meant to be entertaining, yet there is a very serious message that I absolutely mean at this stage of both my life (I’m 43…you know, all that mid-life-I’m-not-bullshitting-anymore stuff) and this stage of my writing (so-called) career:


7 Things YOU Should do right now to help (me) the author in your life:

Here we go:

  1. BUY a copy of my book. Listen, I know you want me to just give you a copy because we’ve been friends for years (either virtually or in real life). Or, maybe you have some rule about never buying books because you want to save a tree? Whatever your reason is, I beg you to please just BUY a copy. Like most authors, I’m not raking in the dough(nuts) from my book and whatever I make goes into marketing. I don’t want to get all doom and gloom here, but this is the reality of publishing. So, please, along with taking out my book in the library or winning a copy in a giveaway, buy my book. You can give it away or donate it to a school or library. You can leave it in your bathroom for casual reading. Whatever. Just buy a copy.x1VVLr88QTmSxxNwxF2FKQ
  2. After you have bought my book, take a picture of it with your adorable dog, cat, turtle, llama, or whatever type of pet you have…OR, snap a pic next to your afternoon snack of tea and crumpets (doughnuts would best for my book). Research says you can get more hits or likes with animals or food—I don’t have any official stats about this, but all I know is when I post TILL IT STOPS BEATING with doughnuts or my cat Zoe, I get more likes than when I just post it with a picture of myself…because frankly, they (both doughnuts and my cat) are cuter.IMG_2333
  3. When you post on Instagram or Twitter, use the following hastags: #bestbookever #buythisbooknow #futureNYTbestsellerslist Actually, don’t use any of those. In order for a hashtag to work, it has to be widely used. So, for my book, #yalit, #mentalhealth, #anxiety, #amreading, #summerreads….#thesehashtagsdescribemylife
  4. Read TILL IT STOPS BEATING at a coffee shop or other public space. Like, hold it up so the delicious cover is completely seen. Then, start making loud, exclamatory statements like, “Oh my god! This is the best book EVER!”
  5. Now write up a short review of TILL IT STOPS BEATING and post that review EVERYWHERE POSSIBLE. The biggies are Amazon and Goodreads. But you can post reviews on my book’s Facebook page or Tweet a short review out on Twitter. If you have a blog, you can post it there.
  6. Recommend TILL IT STOPS BEATING  to others, like your book group or your mom or dad group or whatever group you belong to.
  7. Show up at my book signings and bring a friend or two. The most depressing thing is an author at a signing with a pile of unbought books. It’s happened to me several times…

To sum up this list:IMG_2131





HannahMost recent in her writing journey, Hannah has begun to write articles about mental health for various online publications. Her work has appeared on OC87 Recovery Diaries , MindBodyGreen  , Zencare.co,  and The Mighty. She has her first non-self-published book coming out this summer, Till It Stops Beating with Black Rose Writing.
Hannah’s  YA novel, My Sister’s Wedding, won the first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published the follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. The third Maddie book, Fear of Falling, was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She’s published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She also has written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald. Recent, previous projects include Sucker Literary, which features emerging YA authors and All The Way YA, a group blog of writers telling the real deal about writing and publishing YA fiction.

Hannah is a member of  ARIA  as well as a graduate of Pine Manor College’s Solstice Program in Creative Writing where she earned an MFA in Writing For Young People. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and black and white cat named Zoe.

9 Comments on “7 Ways to Help the Author in your Life

  1. This is awesome advice, from tip one all the way through. I’m always disappointed when someone asks if I’ll give them a free copy. Maybe I’ll refer them to this list 🙂

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    • I wrote this for all us authors struggling out there…which is most of us. People don’t understand that this is not all glamour and money…actually, none of it is! Glad you liked the piece!

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      • I couldn’t agree more. If we were in it to get rich, most of us would’ve considered other career paths.


  2. Yes, I enjoyed the humor (as donuts are my BFF’s), but the message is a good one. My first book is being birthed in March, 2019 with Inkspell and I take all advice! BTW: BUY MY BOOK! 😂

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  3. Reblogged this on coffeediem and commented:
    I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Look at Hannah’s book. Could it look anymore delicious? She’s not kidding: cats and baked goods. I’ve people watched at book signing events and they always stop at the covers with cats and sweets.

    This past six months of hanging out with indie authors and getting an education on the indie publishing world has been such an eye opener. It’s been great to learn from everyone. The hard work that goes into indie publishing has changed how I approach my reading list. I actually read more now, on the treadmill, before I go to bed, all the time. 90% of my reading list is indie authors. The result: I appreciate indie books so much more.

    Today, I dropped by my local public library and donated a copy of my book, Absolute Darkness, and the nice librarian there asked me, “Do you make money writing?” I had to explain that this is my passion side-hustle that I hope breaks even. Sure, if you keeeeeeep at it, study and hone your craft, pour all of your passion into it—some people do make it big. I’m fortunate that the text books fund the novels and the love of the narrative form in animation, film and written fulfills my obsessive nature. I HAVE to write. It isn’t about the money. But seeing people enjoy the book, LOTS of people. That’s what drives me. I want you to read this. I want you to take this journey I’ve created and then tell your friends.

    Certainly, one hopes that the multitude of friends and acquaintances will take a moment to appreciate this work. Reward us with a good review on amazon and goodreads so that the books can have a chance at being seen by everyone. It takes time to read. I know. It takes time to write.

    Hannah’s blog post below gave me a literal gut laugh. She’s a riot. Buy her book next week and take a picture with a doughnut to promote it. That’s a win-win for everyone. Read the book on the treadmill if that makes you feel better. —happy indie reading everyone. …tina


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