I ponder who to call.
The friend who will cheer for the dream despite disappointment? The problem solving friend? The friend who will wallow in the sadness with me for a few minutes? The friend who will say what I want to hear?
Stars are visible in the night sky. I drive silent. The Holy Spirit touches my heart and I sense a, “How about you tell Me first?”
This leads me to ask myself, How many times do I tell God last?
This time I choose differently. I turn off the car and sit in the driveway to converse with our Creator before approaching the threshold into house chores, next day work prep, mom, wife, and caregiver roles.
The publisher that stayed in touch since June and seemed to seriously consider my manuscript finally sent the decision email. I’m sad, Lord. She’s passing. I really thought she was the person to take next steps with me. Please show me what to do going forward. I surrender to Your will for this book. Amen.”
One thing I’ve learned especially in the last two years is that every time I am perplexed the best choice is to surrender. Immediately.
What to do will become clear soon. For now I will be still and listen.
Exodus 14:14. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Writers need you.
Publishers are attracted to writers who have a platform. A simplified definition of platform is a group of readers who follow an author’s work. You, the reader, have a lot of power.
Being an author might seem glamorous, but the writing process is more about consistent hard work than glam especially in a meme generating world. New writers can be wide-eyed when they learn that writing well may not be enough. Some give up on their soul’s calling. Some have to write. It is in their DNA. Great writers carry on in their creative space, but they need a team to be successful.
Are you a helpful person? If so, here are tips to keep your favorite writers moving forward:
- Click the follow or subscribe button on the writer’s blog. Help their number of blog followers increase. Q: Ugh, will I get email notifications of blog posts? A: Likely. You can read your favorite authors diligently or create a rule in your email so that certain emails auto file into a designated folder. You know you’ve been wanting to [learn how to] set up email rules anyway!
- Follow and like your writer’s social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Help their numbers grow. Go wild and invite other friends to like them too. Listen Linda*, every follow helps. Also, every like, retweet, comment or share kicks off algorithms that help other people in your area of the country or with your similar interests get to know your author also. You are their champion.
- Read your author’s stuff. You are sunshine for a writer’s growth as an artist. Supporting writers is like being a cheerleader with pom poms made of “like” buttons. Stretch goal: contact your author and offer to be on their book launch team when the time arrives! Book launch team members help get reviews out early about new books. Best sellers seem like overnight miracles, but it is readers like you and book launch team members who make those miracles happen.
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*footnote: “Listen Linda” is my all time favorite YouTube video. 😉
Once upon a time I remember glorious pre-teen summers days filled with plenty of time to read books. I either read for hours while sitting in a bean bag chair or received permission to hang out with my BFF at the community pool. At the pool with matted wet hair we played the UNO card game or read our latest library books side by side. I savored the smell of book pages mixed with the scent of sunscreen and damp towels.
Then along came “adulting”. Time to read felt scarce as responsibilities expanded. Half read books piled up in my house through the years. Then, thanks to a dear friend’s suggestions, I found new favorite ways to increase my reading time:
1. Log in to your local library online. Download the app they suggest so you can check out books via your smartphone. For example, my app is Hoopla. Connect your library card to the app and wah lah! My library allows 12 book downloads per month. I listen to books during my daily commute. In the last 2 years I’ve easily completed 3-4 books per month. I look forward to drive time. I enjoy the time to learn or adventure through new stories. Some books aren’t recorded but can still be downloaded for electronic page turn reading.
2. When I want to specifically support an author or can’t find a book through the library, I turn to Audible. Audible charges a monthly fee which translates to credits when you want to buy a book. Audible remembers what you’ve bought and keeps an online library ready for you. I find that credits build up faster than I expect and I always have enough when it’s time to buy a book.
3. Yes, I still do like the feel of a physical book in my hands. When I keep a reading light and current books on my night stand, I am more likely to read before going to sleep. I feel cozy and relaxed with a comforter and a book.
Bonus: 4. My BFF from the pool long ago has a double win reading strategy. She helps the environment by riding the bus to work. Also, bus rides are reading time for her! She plows through books. I admire her reading dedication.
I am much happier now that continuous learning and personal growth through reading books is a steady part of my life.
How do you make time for reading? I’d love to hear about your ideas.
P.S. Photo was taken downtown Cleveland, Ohio 07/07/18.
P.P.S. One of my favorite blogs is called Make America Read Again. It’s worth checking out for more great info about reading and book reviews.