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As 2008 winds down and we look forward to 2009, I'm thinking about all the books I'm looking forward to in the coming year.

I'm sure you know there are a LOT of great books for kids and teens coming out in the coming months. A lot as in the 100's, easily.  And many of them by debut authors who need all the help and support they can get. Unfortunately, most of us can't really buy 100+ books for ourselves each and every year. So I thought I'd post a list of ways we can support our fellow authors in other ways besides purchasing the book. When we can buy the book, wonderful! But when we can't, we can do other things that will help the author in the long run. I'm sure you know most of these, but I thought it might be a nice reminder for all of us, me included! 

Lisa's Top 10 list of ways to support your author friends

1. Ask your public library to order a copy. There's a box at my library where you can request titles for purchase. Some libraries have it on-line. It really only takes a minute to do it. Usually you can request that the library reserve the title for you once they order it. That way you're first on the list to read it!

2. After you read a book you like, blog about it.  If you're like me and don't have the time or talent to do a really thorough review, put the cover up and give it two thumbs-up, or whatever. robinellen does a monthly blog post about books she read with a rating system, and she's honest! Not everyone is comfortable with that, I know, so you can be what Laini Taylor calls a "book recommender." That is, only blog about a book when you like it. Just do whatever you're comfortable with.

3. If you see an interesting interview or a great review about an author you know, put the link in your blog and point people there. Stuff like this is much more interesting when it comes from someone besides the author herself.

4. E-mail the author and ask if he/she has any bookmarks or postcards you could pass out to teachers, librarians, friends, etc.

5. Have a few book lists ready in your purse or wallet, in case a conversation comes up where you have a chance to give some recommendations. This happened to me just the other night, when a girl said she was done with BREAKING DAWN and didn't know what to read next. Word of mouth is HUGE, especially for authors that aren't well known, so be ready when the opportunity strikes!

6. Post a review on,, and/or Good reviews are helpful to an author, especially when a book first comes out. I know I've slacked off on this lately, and I need to get back to doing it. The other thing you can do is find areas on message boards to talk about books, like Verla Kay's board has a "Book Talk" section where you can comment about books you've read.

7. If you go to a fellow author's event, take a picture and talk about the event on your blog, and if it's a really good picture, maybe try submitting it to the Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf on-line newsletter.

8. Make a list on Amazon, and put your favorite books in a certain genre, or favorite books of the year, or ten books you're really excited about in the coming year, whatever. People DO read those lists!

9.  If you have a kid's birthday party to go to, give a book! Combine it with something else, if you'd like, to make it more fun and interesting, but buying books as gifts is really a win-win situation, right? Good for the kid, ultimately, if he/she ends up reading it, and good for the author and publishing industry.

10. Respond to questions on Goodreads, Amazon, LJ groups, etc. and recommend new titles. I often see the same titles being recommended over and over again, and while I know that's because they are GOOD books, there are other books, not well known, that could be getting some well-deserved air time too.

Are there any other good ones you can think of?



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Dec. 30th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Happy 2009 to you as well! :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Do a 'group book buy' - everyone goes together and chooses one title from the bookstore, then you swap when you're finished. Or just do a book swap with your favorite titles - introduce your friends to 'new to them' authors!

Then encourage them to talk about those books they liked - on blogs, Amazon, etc...
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I like that!!!
Dec. 30th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
These are great. Number 1 - I wasn't even aware of. I go to three different library branches all the time. I'll have to do this.

And I like number 9 too. But, I think with many of my LJ friends, I can even give away SIGNED books with just a little bit of postage. That REALLY makes an impression. Just need to plan ahead.

My daughter turns 12 in January and I'd like to give her Far From You. A signed copy. So if I purchased and sent it to you, Lisa, with return postage... would that be cool? Yes?

The rest of these are awesome as well. I'll print it out.
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Ah, you're so sweet.

What date in January? You can actually reserve a signed copy from Powells. I'm doing a signing there on January 17th. So if her b-day is later in January, that could work. Just look up Far From You at and it has a listing for signed copies.

If you need it earlier, let's coordinate between the two of us and make it easier. I'll send you a signed copy, you send me a check for the book plus a little to help with the shipping, how's that? :)
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Dec. 30th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Excellent list, Lisa! I'm going to link to this in my blog post for tomorrow. :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Glad you found it helpful. :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Great list, Lisa-- I am going to print this out because I need to do it more!! BTW, do you have any bookmarks you want me to pass out? :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
hahaha - I have more bookmarks than I know what to do with. I think I'm going to start leaving them wherever I go. Think people would pick them up next to the canned soup in the grocery store?
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Dec. 30th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
This is awesome! I'm going to have to remember these!
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Glad you found it helpful. :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Wonderful suggestions! Thanks for posting this--I'm going to link it!
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it, and thanks for the linkage. :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Those are wonderful suggestions! Thanks for listing these -- I'm definitely going to make an effort to do as many of them as I can :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't have your lj linkage right. I corrected it. :)

And glad you found it helpful. You already do such a great job by reviewing the books you've read!
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
This goes along with #6. Post about the book in book talk on Verla Kay's board in the review section and/or the whatcha reading area.

Great suggestions!
Dec. 30th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yes!!! I think I'll edit to include that. Thanks!
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
What an awesome list, Lisa! Thanks for sharing it - and Happy New Year!
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. And happy new year to you too!
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
These are awesome suggestions!
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Congrats on your latest release!!! 2008 was a great year for you! :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Great, thought provoking post, Lisa!
Happy new year to you.
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and right back at ya. :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is an amazing list of ways we can all support one another. Thank you!
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Thanks for reading. :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Awesome list! Thanks for posting!
Dec. 30th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Great ideas, Lisa!
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
I posted the list on facebook as a note, and one of my on-line friends said, Paige loved your book suggestions. Guess which book was one of them? Yes, yours! :)
Dec. 30th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Great ideas!

Dec. 30th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thatis so helpful! Thanks and I too will link it to my blog:)
Dec. 30th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Great suggestions, Lisa! I try to post the links to reviews I do from ENCHANTING REVIEWS. Plus, I also put reviews up on Amazon and Good Reads. I try to post reviews on books from not just those with traditional publishers but also epublished books.

I totally believe in supporting other writers!
Dec. 30th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
These are all excellent tips, and I've done more than half of them. But one can always do more, methinks.
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, you do a wonderful job, because you have a very big heart! {{}}
Dec. 31st, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Great tips, Lisa!

Dec. 31st, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks Della. Wishing you much success in 2009! :)
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Tami gave me a 'smack the head at the obvious' moment when I was trying think of what to get Dom's teacher for Christmas. I really didn't want to do the usual chocolates, smellies etc. Teachers get so many of those. On her blog Tami showed a pic of the books she'd bought for gifts and one of those was a book for the teacher. It is perfect. I left it a little late to order a friend's book, but the end of year present will definitely be one.
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yay, that's another great suggestion! Teachers love books!
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
This is print worthy, Lisa. Great ideas!

I got the last copy of Far From You yesterday at BN! :-)!
Dec. 31st, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
book rec
i love the book recommender. Im going to add that to my blog too. :) I dont like saying anything bad about anyone's book but I love to recommend the ones I love.
Jan. 1st, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
What a great list! Thanks for the ideas :)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
Hi Lisa! I'm here thanks to all the folks talking about your list elsewhere. What a great list! I will definitely be passing this on to the folks I know who want to support authors. Thank you so much for posting it!
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