The above was author Ian K Pulham’s mantra at the end of his article: ‘Ticket to Eden ~ Three Months on from Publication’
So simple but so true, don’t you think.
We always say to authors, read, read, read, before write, write write.
Why should authors be avid readers?
- You learn from experienced authors
- You learn to be more critical of your own writing as you read less well hones novels too.
- We are part of the world of books ~ libraries, bookshops, charity shops ~ feel totally part of that world to make connections
- Chris Cribari’s blog post, with the link below, gives his own take on why he is an avid reader. We love the photo Chris!
Why should writers write reviews?
- Writers are readers too.
- To actively support your community of authors.
- It’s good Karma ~ the more you give to an enterprise and those part of it, the more you receive.
- How can you expect others to review your books if you don’t do reviews yourself?
Why should authors celebrate other authors’ novels on social media?
- Easier to trumpet someone else’s work than your own.
- It makes you a rounded person, telling your readers what you do and don’t like in the world of books, but be careful if you’re writing a negative review. Author Diana Jackson says ~ personally I don’t give less than 3 stars, otherwise I just don’t review. Occasionally I get in touch with the author to explain why ~ D Jackson.
- Shout about the great books you read on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, blog post ~ it may provoke comments from like minded folks or even make contact with the author. Write their Twitter handle in the post if they have one.
Sometimes it is tough to promote your own books, but if it is, have a break from it. A positive attitude and promoting the works of others will in the least give you a feel good factor and at best bring good will back to you!
Don’t forget ~ Enjoy the ride!