In which I suggest some ways in which you can help a struggling writer

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When’s the last time you did something to help the struggling author in your life? I’m assuming you all have one. If you’re not sure whether there’s a struggling author in your social circle just look out for the person wearing pyjamas in the middle of the day. The one who doesn’t look like they’ve washed their hair yet this week, and who prods you lightly when you talk to them because they’re not used to the voices they hear coming out of a real physical person. If you’ve got someone like that in your life, chances are you’ve got yourself a writer. Or possibly just a crazy person. Either way, I imagine you will be very keen to help such a person out. And helpfully, I have some easy suggestions as to how you might do that.

1. If your writer is of the published variety, just buy the book. If they’re not published, please try to desist from asking them when the book comes out. They may find dwelling on the subject disheartening and you may find the bit where they growl at you and try to rend their pyjamas a wee bit socially awkward.

2. Once you’ve bought the book, things can go one of two ways. Either you will like the book, in which case tell your writer you liked it. They will get embarrassed and socially inept, but they will appreciate it. If you really really don’t like the book, lie. Seriously, lying is fine. You’re talking to somebody who makes stuff up for a living. The lines between reality and fantasy are already pretty fluid.

3. If you really actually did like the book, write it an Amazon review. I know. It’s time consuming and you have to try and think of something to write, other than, ‘Yeah. It was good. There were words and stuff,’ but the reality is that Amazon is the all-encompassing big brother of book sales these days, and good reviews sell books, and selling books is what allows your pet writer to buy new pyjamas and proper non-supermarket-brand hobnobs. These things are like fresh hay and a lovely nosebag to the struggling writer. They will make your writer happy.

And that’s how you look after a struggling author. Indeedy. Yes.

So, just hypothetically if any of you were thinking you fancied buying a book, Much Ado About Sweet Nothing is still just 99p until the end of January. Totes bargainissimo.

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6 thoughts on “In which I suggest some ways in which you can help a struggling writer

    johncliveharrison said:
    January 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I thought I’d already posted reviews. Sorry, I have now done so for ‘Sweet Nothing’ anyway. No lying required, I genuinely enjoyed it. Sorry if the review is not the most eloquent review you’ll read. Was kinda pressed for time! Hugs!

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    lizharriswriter said:
    January 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    An interesting post, Alison, and spot on.

    Liz X

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    johncliveharrison said:
    January 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    PS. Since I am not resident in the UK my review has ended up on amazon.com where I was the first to review it 😎

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    Angela Britnell said:
    January 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Very amusing – but oh so true!

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    Carol Hedges said:
    January 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Yup, I totally agree with this. Especially the PJ’s in the middle of the day *blush*

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    Kathryn Freeman said:
    January 27, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Yes, that has definitely hit the nail right on the top of the head – totally agree with all points and especially number 2. Lying is fine!!

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