In Canada, autumn is when a lot of new books are released.
But completing a book, and publishing it, can take an author years. It’s a huge achievement.
So you can imagine that when a writer releases a new book, messages of support and encouragement matter – a lot.
“Congrats! How may I find out more about it?”
“Wow! I’m happy for you!”
“Where can I buy it?”
“What can I do to help you spread the word?”
“I’ll recommend it to my local library.”
It’s the way to an author’s heart.
Writing is a lonely act. And when it’s done, you hope the book is great, but you secretly fear others will think it’s awful. So when others deem my book worthy of buying? Wow. I’m honoured.
By the way: If you’ve bought and read someone’s book (and especially if you liked it), a short review on Amazon — or a blog, or social media — helps.
Explain why you like the book and why you are recommending it to others. And if there’s something you didn’t like, say so as well. That’s really all you have to do!
There are some responses that will disappoint an author with a brand-new book:
1: “You know, I’ve always wanted to write a book on that same topic. Maybe I still should.”
2: Start talking about the book you’ve already written that’s so similar, then ask: “Can you help me get my book published?”
3: “I wrote a book just like that and I didn’t sell many copies. But I wish you luck.”
It’s not that you shouldn’t say any of the above. (Most authors are happy to help others.) But not as a first response. Take the time to acknowledge their achievement first.
Please join me in congratulating three more authors who have written new books in recent months:
Jill Weatherholt, author of Second Chance Romance, has published “A Father for Bella”. Jill describes her books as “stories of love, faith and happy endings”.
Annika Perry has published The Storyteller Speaks, a compelling mix of short stories, poetry and flash fiction. Annika says the one common thread that binds them all is“the belief that there is no such thing as an ordinary life; they’re all extraordinary.
And, coming soon from Toronto author Nadia Hohn, is Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter. Written for young readers, this illustrated book follows the much-praised Malaika stories.
Congrats, authors! I’m happy for you!