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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!”
- 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.
- Recommend TILL IT STOPS BEATING to others, like your book group or your mom or dad group or whatever group you belong to.
- 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:
Most 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.