7 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors

BY ALEX ACKS   08-09-17

It’s kind of rough to be an author right now. It’s never been the most monetarily stable, predictable, or low-stress profession, but the last almost-a-year have seen stress levels for a lot of writers go through the roof….This is Book Riot and gosh darnit we love reading, I figure we want writers to keep supplying us with new books. So here are seven ways you can help an author out and in so doing make their day–and only one of them costs any money.

  1. Pre-order their next book – buying a writer’s book is great, and please keep doing it. Pre-ordering the next one is even better! Publishers do pay attention to how many people are champing at the bit for a book before it even comes out. And if you want to see a series get finished, do not wait for the entire thing to come out before buying it. Publishers can and do cut their losses if early books don’t sell well enough.
  2. Check their book out from the library – and if the library doesn’t have it, ask for it! Library systems buy significant numbers of print books and ebook licenses, and those sales really, really help writers. Plus since they’re library books, lots of people can enjoy them.
  3. Rate the book on Goodreads (and wherever you bought it) – if you’re feeling it, a review is awesome too. But the more ratings (and reviews) a book has, the more visible it becomes. Which helps bring it to the attention of other people who might want to buy it.
  4. Tell your friends – authors who aren’t big names being upbeat about their books on social media doesn’t have even a tenth of the power of someone who really likes a book telling all their friends omg dudes you have to read this! People tend to trust the taste of their friends more than a rando on Twitter, unsurprisingly.
  5. Suggest the book at your local book club – if you’re in one, that is. But book clubs don’t have to be big, formal organizations. Most are small collections of friends who agree to read the same thing once every [insert time period here] and then dish about it over brunch. You might be in a book club and not even know it.
  6. Tell the writer directly if you liked their book – this is a much rarer occurrence than you might think. Most of the time, a writer puts out a story or a novel and the response tends to feel like an all-encompassing silence that makes them wonder if anyone’s even read the thing. Someone taking a few minutes out of their day to type something as simple as, “Hey, I read your book and thought it was fun,” into the contact form on a website can be an incredible pick-me-up when it feels like no one cares. And fanart? That’s a +10 smiling bonus for the next week at minimum.
  7. (US Only) Call/email/fax/write to your members of Congress the next time they try to kill the ACA – sorry to get political here, but if you want your favorite (American) writers to be able to keep writing, you want them healthy and not stressing about health insurance for themselves and their families. Books aren’t produced in a vacuum.

Source: 7 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors

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Author Interview Podcast – Raynetta Manees August 14

The live feed link to the program is https://worshipradiodetroit.com/glamour-shoppe-talk/

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National Book Lover’s Day 2017 : 85 Quotes-The Joy of Books!


In honor of the upcoming National Book Lover’s Day (Aug. 9, 2017)  I am re-posting these wonderful quotes about books and reading!


( Material from the http://yourstory.com/2015/04/world-book-day-quotes/ website)

A book is a device to ignite the imagination. – Alan Bennett

A book is a dream that you hold in your hand. – Neil Gaiman

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. – Edward P. Morgan

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul. – Franz Kafka

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. – Jerry Seinfield

A first book has some of the sweetness of a first love. – Robert Aris Willmott

A good book has no ending. – R.D. Cumming

A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit. – John Milton

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron

A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. – George R.R. Martin

A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. – Samuel Johnson

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. – P. J. O’Rourke

Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint. – Markus Herz

Books – the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity. – George Steiner

Books are a uniquely portable magic. – Stephen King

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. – E.P. Whipple

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. – Henry Ward Beecher

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. – James Russell Lowell

Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life. – Jesse Lee Bennett

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. – Anna Quindlen

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles William Eliot

Books had instant replay long before televised sports. – Bern Williams

Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. – William Hazlitt

Books were my pass to personal freedom. – Oprah Winfrey

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. – W. B. Yeats

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one. – Augustine Birrell

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes. – John LeCarre

I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges

I was born with a reading list I will never finish. – Maud Casey

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. – Charles de Secondat

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. – Steven Wright

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. – Mortimer J. Adler

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde

It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle. – Sutton Elbert Griggs

My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. – Abraham Lincoln

My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter. – Thomas Helm

Never judge a book by its movie. – J.W. Eagan

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me. – Anatole France

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. – Confucius

No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and the happiest. – J.A. Langford

No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. – Ann Landers

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. – Harry S. Truman

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. – Frederick Douglass

One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind. – Ishmael Reed

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. – Mary Schmich

Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape. – Nora Ephron

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. – Joseph Addison

Reading means borrowing. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. – Hazel Rochman

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you. – Harold Bloom

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. – Edmund Burke

So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon

The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. – Theodore Parker

The first time I read an excellent book, it is to me just as if I had gained a new friend. – Oliver Goldsmith

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. – Elizabeth Hardwick

The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense. – J.A. Langford

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read. – Mark Twain

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen

The wise man reads both books and life itself. – Lin Yutang

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine

The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man. – Clarence Shepard Day

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. – Jacqueline Kennedy

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing. – Isaac D’Israeli

There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway

There’s so much more to a book than just the reading. – Maurice Sendak

This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum. – Elbert Hubbard

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life. – Somerset Maugham

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. – Margaret Fuller

What is reading but silent conversation? – Walter Savage Landor

When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. – Christopher Morley

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. –Vera Nazarian

You cannot open a book without learning something. – Confucius

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. – Paul Sweeney

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“All For Love” Is Now FREE for Kindle Unlimited!

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My award-winning romance novel, “All For Love” is #free to #Kindle #Unlimited members for a limited time!

Oh, and you can read the first chapter of its companion “mirror image” book, “All For Love: The SuperStar” on Amazon by clicking here or on this website by clicking it on the menu tab above!)

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Book Giveaway Contest – Here’s The Answer!

As promised, here is the answer to last week’s book giveaway question: the chapter headings in my books “All For Love” and “All For Love: The SuperStar” are all SONG TITLES!

Later this week I will be hosting a book giveaway of five Kindle editions of best contemporary romance award finalist “All For Love: The SuperStar” through Amazon and three AUTOGRAPHED paperback copies of the book through Goodreads.  Details coming soon.

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All For Love/ SuperStar Series Book Giveaway!

BOOK GIVEAWAY CONTEST: Win a Kindle edition of BOTH “All For Love” and “All For Love: The SuperStar,” books one and two of the “SuperStar Series!

There will be FIVE winners and each will receive a Kindle edition of BOTH books.

Here’s the question:  both books have the following chapter headings; what do these chapter headings have in common?

Chapter 1       YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND

Chapter 2        IF THEY COULD SEE ME NOW!

Chapter 3        AFTER THE DANCE

Chapter 4        GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Chapter 5        TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE

Chapter 6        ANTICIPATION

Chapter 7        LA VIE EN ROSE

Chapter 8        ALONE WITH YOU

Chapter 9        KEEP THE FAITH

Chapter 10      WHENEVER WE’RE APART

Chapter 11      YOU ARE MY LADY

Chapter 12      FAMILY REUNION

Chapter 13      THROUGH THE FIRE

Chapter 14      GOING TO THE CHAPEL

Epilogue         WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

Send your answer to RManees@aol.com no later than midnight Friday, July 7, 2017, subject line: “Two Kindle Book Giveaway Contest”.  Please be sure to include your name and the email address you would like the book gift notices sent to.  In case of multiple correct answers, winners will be chosen by first received each day.  Winners will be announced next Sunday, July 9.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is a TWO PART contest!  The winners of part two of the contest will win autographed paperback copies of each book!  Part 2 entry rules will be announced next Sunday as well.

(Please let me know on your entry if you do NOT want your email added to my author mailing list.)

Good Luck!

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Status Update from Author Raynetta Manees

Hi, everybody! I’m so happy to be back online. I had a heart attack on April 19, 2017.  Thanks so much for the get well prayers and wishes. Please see the video below for more detail.   This gives status on my condition and the status of my books.

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