Being an author can be thankless at times. You toil over your book, fatigue over edits, stress over publishing, and go nuts over promoting. All for even one sale or a review that will make you happy. Just something to make it all worthwhile. Now, we’ve all heard that buying the book, sharing the book, and reviewing the book can make an author smile. What about the lesser known pick me ups, especially if you know the author personally?
- Can’t go wrong with giving them coffee, but this doesn’t go for every author. Contrary to belief, not every author likes coffee. For example, it makes me sleepy, so that would be a bad idea. Just do a little research and find out what the author likes as an energy source during those rough patches. Heck, a scratch-and-sniff sticker can work, especially with touchscreens. Doesn’t even have to be true since the author can imagine it working.
- Introduce a friend to the author. This doesn’t even have to be a potential reader, but it’s a new set of ears to talk to. Authors are people who are plugging away at a difficult road. This friend could have insight into what the author is doing or simply be curious about the hows and whys of their life. It’s a little bit of ego-stroking and helps the author to know that they’re not isolated. Just make sure not to bring a friend whose first comment is asking when they’re getting a free frozen yogurt.
- Send a picture of yourself dressed as one of the characters. Extra smiles if you’re holding the book. If there aren’t any characters that you can dress up as then combine the two ideas. Cosplay as the book itself.
- Edible Arrangements. This might just be me.
- Give the gift of a thesaurus. Sure, they can get one on-line or on their phone, but the physical one helps in a power outage. Don’t bother asking if they already have one because I’m sure all authors can use one in every room. Nothing is more frustrating than taking a shower and not being able to think of a synonym for ‘damp’.
- Remember their birthday. Even if it’s just a message of FB or an e-card, it’s nice to know you’re being thought of. An added bonus is if the author has forgotten it’s their birthday and now they realize cake is in their future. Downside to this is if their family forgot too and their dreams of cake are scattered like a dropped cup of a cookie crumbles that go great with Carvel ice cream cakes.
- Comment on blog posts or other social media sites. This gets overlooked for some reason, but it’s similar to the reviews with a lot less time put in. You don’t have to read a whole book to understand the post. Authors, especially the indies, love interacting with readers. We’re already on the computer writing, so this is a taste of socialization that we might be missing. Not to mention, you can get ideas from the conversation or make a brand new friend.