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Day #86: Ways to Support Authors

Most book lovers already support their favour authors, one way or another. But here are a few more ways in which you can show your support.

Obviously, the most important way is, of course, to buy their books. But also, maybe once a month, try a different author too. Buy a random book, even if it’s in the sale pile. Try and extend your reach, money allowing of course, in sampling different genres as well as authors you might be unfamiliar with.

It’s a great way to discovery, as well as helping less well known authors with sales.

Another way, while in a book shop browsing, is to take a photo to post on social media, of book covers that catch your attention, especially of your favourite author’s latest release or a book you really enjoyed.

And while we’re talking social media. Follow authors on media you frequent, and engage with them. Comment on their posts, and retweet them.

Also, if you are a book blogger as well, let them know you are open to accepting Guest Posts from them, or in doing a promo post on an upcoming release. Share books and authors that excite you with your followers. Get listed on an author’s PR to receive email updates, and occasionally, ARCs as well.

It’s important to remember, that if you are a book blogger, and you do reviews, NOT to include the author in social media if the review was less than stellar. Reviews really are for readers. It’s not only unprofessional to rub an author’s nose in the fact you spotted a typo missed by the editorial team, it’s demeaning to all involved.

Instead, recommend books and authors to new readers or your followers. Do lists of favourite authors, and top ten books in a genre you love. Do positive posts that reader and also, authors, can benefit from.

Pre ordering books from your local bookstore not only helps the author’s sales and sales rankings, but also your local bookstore too. The same with your local library, if they don’t have that author or that book in you want to read, ask them to order it.

One of the ways my family and I promote books, is to buy one another books and gift them to each other. I’ve discovered so many authors I might never have, had my niece or sister not sent this book, or that one, at birthdays and Christmas. And, if in the end, it was a book you didn’t really enjoy, gift it to your local library especially if it’s a hardback or recent/current bestseller.

One of the last things you can do to help authors, is send them fan mail. Yes, we all love receiving things in the post, they are, after all, only human. And a lovely handwritten card saying how much you enjoyed a book, goes a long, long way to lifting an author’s spirits.

It’s the small gestures, that speak the loudest. Help, by making a difference, however small that might be.

Day #85: Busy Blogging

Dear Book Blogger,

If you stop by here to read my rambling posts, then I hope you read this shout out to you. I’m looking to create a Directory of Book Bloggers, and Book Tour Organisers, THE DIRECTORY, to be posted over on the Book Blurb website. A directory to help both book bloggers, book tour organisers, and authors connect.

I don’t know if other bloggers have already done this, but please, let me know. Regardless, I plan on creating and sharing this resource and promoting it for use by the writing, reading, and blogger communities, so people have another resource to help them connect better.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from being in the Directory, or in using the Directory, let them know, if you would be so kind as to do so. Thanks!

And, of course, if you want to be listed, get in contact with me so I can get you listed. My email is listed in the footer of this blog.

Please, please, tweet and repost this your followers/readers, so better to get the word out. And again, thank you for doing so.

Day #84: Books, Books, Books

Oh, and don’t we just love discovering new books and their authors! Well, I know I do. And since reviving Book Blurb and starting the Martian Chronicle, I’ve been rooting around the world wide web looking to see what’s up and coming, what’s just been released, and trawling twitter for the same. And I am so happy to have had so many recommendations, both in crime fiction and historical, but also fantasy and science fiction.

Let’s start with two great recommendations from Jules (over on Twitter) for two of Diane Setterfield’s books: ONCE UPON A RIVER and, THE THIRTEENTH TALE. Already added those to my wish list at my book seller’s website.

Next up are some fantasy and science fiction recommendations of books just released, releasing soon, or will be out by next year.

This includes THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover, which weaves historical fiction with magic. I’m really excited about this one.

As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband Benjy have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.

And will you look at that cover? I’m hooked. As I am with THE SOUND OF STARS, by Alechia Dow, in which Earth has been invaded and subdued by aliens.

Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie still keeps a secret library.

When young Ilori commander M0Rr1S finds Ellie’s library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more.

Humanity’s fate rests in the hands of an alien Ellie should fear, but M0Rr1S has a potential solution―thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous journey with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

Yes, this one is more teen and YA fiction than the other two, but still, it sounds a really fun premise, and will you look at that cover, who wouldn’t want to read the book to find out what’s going on, I mean, right?

Whatever choice of books you choose to read, I hope you find something that grabs your attention. Hit me up with your suggestions, and recent reads and recommendations. Historical, crime, or fantasy and SF, I’m game for them all.

 

Day #83: Building new Projects

My posts are getting later and later in the day, I don’t know if you’ve notice this. But that’s because I’ve been working more and more on not only my writing, but also at the Book Blurb, adding more content, more reviews, and lining up guest writers as well as post. Then there’s my latest online venture, the SFF version of Book Blurb, the Martian Chronicle, which I started to share my love for, well, obviously, science fiction and fantasy books, movies, and TV shows.

So if you start seeing less of me here, or, lots more photos of flowers over the coming weeks, you know where I will be, tending not my imaginary garden, but my online equivalent of, my blogs. Each, in their own way have to be tended, weeded, and watered, eh, well, you understand what I mean. And, just so you know, I will not be pouring actual water on my keyboard or over my still new, iMac, okay!

One reason for writing more, and putting in more time on these other blogs is two-fold, distraction from what’s going on the world, and, well, my wanting to be creative. And for me, that comes from writing … a lot of writing. From scribbling ideas down, to actually sketching out short, and longer stories. Researching this and that, and, of course, writing blog posts. Which, in and of themselves, quite often need research, and all this takes time. Time away from rambling on here, at the Wry Writer, about all the problems (real and imagined) going on in the world right now.

It’s wearing me out, never mind affecting many aspects of my life. As if it wasn’t bad enough for most of us, staying inside for days and weeks on end. And we’re entering our third month. I’ve been in lockdown (bar four days in hospital) since March 8th. Though I started blogging here, about the lockdown, only on March 14th (I think is was?) But there’s only so much you can write about being cooped up, what I’m making for dinner, thoughts on how cruel the world/people/nations can be, and just how much you, the reader—yes, that would be YOU—are willing to put up with and read about. You’re all going through the same thing, and, like me, probably don’t want to read endless posts about how life sucks sometimes.

So, be warned, you’ll start getting more posts about known/obscure writers/books/movies/TV shows, you might not have read/watch/care about. But still, I hope you’ll continue to follow along, stop by occasionally and comment, and continue your amazing support which keeps me posting, daily, to begin with.

Thank you. You all mean a great deal to me.

Meanwhile, you know the drill, take care out there and stay safe, where ever you are in the world/system/multiverse.

Love,
Alex

Day #82: On the Death of Democracy

Why didn’t lightning strike him dead? Why? Blaspheming bigot …

[we interrupt this moment to bring you a flower and let Alex calm down … cue elevator music …]

In other news, I did it. I deleted my twitter account. And have resurrected a dormant one I haven’t used in a while. And I’m starting again, from scratch, on twitter at least. I still won’t use Instagram for much more than posting flower photos and or what I’ve been up to in the kitchen. And will never, ever, use Facebook again.

I’m also doing more with some of my blogs. As some of you already noticed, Book Blurb is back online in a clean new format. I keep getting hacked, and checked in with my hosting company. As I’m sure it’s not something I’m doing. I keep up to date with the latest WordPress updates and the same with plugins. And try to delete the worst of the SPAM as it comes in. The Company said they get daily Brute Force attacks, from Bad Actors … gee, if only it were bad actors, we all might be okay, but these kinds just inundate companies for the sheer hell of it.

Anyway, I’ve done my bit to get back online with the book blog, and will see how long we can run before something else clogs up the works. In the meantime, I started another project to keep me from going outside and strangling people with words and verbal imagery. If only, right? 

The new venture is focused on my love of science and science fiction, and you can find it at: The Martian Chronicle, that is, if you are interested in that sort of content. I’ll be covering movies, dvd, tv shows, books and authors, and general SFF news. Stuff that interests me, but not necessarily readers here at the Wry Writer.

We’re back binge-watching and started rewatching ALIAS this weekend, and finished season one last night with a cheesy cliffhanger. Damn, but I forgot what great fun this show was. Jennifer Garner looks great and had, I’m sure, great fun doing this show (sans bruising that is). Every episode includes her wearing at least two wigs and matching get-up, and running. Dang but that girl could run back then.

The supporting cast is stellar, as is Victor Garber, who we call (oh, okay, me, I call him) Daddy! I love this actor, he just brightens my day. I don’t know why. Oh, and it was good to see Carl Lumbly in top form as Sydney’s partner at SD6. And Ron Rifkin as the nefarious head of SD6, Arvin Sloan. If ever there was someone who portrayed evil with such consummate skill, none is better than Rifkin.

With 4 more seasons to rewatch, I think I’ll be good to go for awhile. I’ll be dreaming of being a spy for British Intelligence. Alex … Alex Bond at your service, Ma’am. I don’t think I’ll be working at either MI6 or even SD6 anytime soon, but hey, a girl can dream, right?

Whether you’re spying on the neighbours or just on nature, stay safe out there and take care.

Love,
Alex

Day #81: The Pain of Being Online

Sometimes I think people really truly need a swift kick up the arse. Or some sort of bleak wake up call to get through to them … oh, no, wait, that would be COVID-19 except, so many stupid [expletive removed as this is a PG website!] people seem to think COVID-19 doesn’t apply to them, or are immune.

But let me tell you, immunity isn’t bestowed through stupidity, you dumb [expletive removed as this is a PG website!] if it was, the virus would have died out in the first week.

Okay, I just delete the rest of this expletive-filled rant because no one wants to read my triad on stupid people, and all the people I just unfollowed and, in some cases, just blocked on twitter. The people who wear their stupidity in plain sight and in their actions, by calling complete strangers out, on a public forum, labelling them a TERF (yes, I had to google the term, and it isn’t very nice let me tell you, nor, may I say, accurate to those it was hurled at).

I am so tired of knee jerk reactions and responses by tweeters especially those who make assumptions. If you don’t want to follow someone, unfollow them, don’t hurl unsubstantiated accusations at them, online, in a damn public forum. And don’t call them names when you have no idea who these people really are or what they’ve gone through.

They are entitled to follow who they want. And DICTATING to them about who they can and can not follow makes you the despicable person, not them. You are doing exactly what you claim to hate others doing.

Creating and fostering hate against strangers. And based on what? Who they follow?

This, this is the kind of world we now live in.

It’s all wearing me down. I may take a break … a break from blogging, and from being online altogether. I haven’t decided what’s best to do.

We will see, as they say. Until then, take care and stay safe out there, where ever you are in the world.

Love,
Alex