29 June 2012

7 Ways to Support Christian Authors

Our Julie Lessman mid-week bonanza has wrapped up and we will be drawing our final two winners on Saturday night (announcing Sunday.)   Here's a link to Julie's Friday Journal Jots (click here.)

Do you love Julie's and other's books?  Here are some ways you can support their writing:

1) Buy their books!
2) Read their books!
3) Write great reviews. Don't post a review that isn't good. Better to say nothing.
4) Post your reviews on Amazon, CBD, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads, and other review sites.
5) Pray for them!
6) "Like" their Facebook Page.
7) Leave an encouraging comment for them on Facebook or elsewhere.

How about you?  What is something you have done to encourage an author?  

Giveaway: We will be giving away a copy of one of Julie's books to either our 190th follower or one of our current followers (if we don't get to 190) who leaves a comment or has left a comment this week.

19 comments:

  1. It is also so nice to get a personal note from readers via facebook, email, or snailmail. Some readers might be intimidated to do so, but authors are just people too and we love to hear from our fans!

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  2. I will add that to my list, CARLA! I guess I was thinking #7 covered that, but I guess a personal note might not necessarily be encouraging, lol! Maybe they could just say, Wassup? Loved, loved, loved chatting with you this afternoon!!!

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  3. Well, I must say I have done all the above b/c of the simple fact that I LOVE Christian fiction and appreciate all the authors that have taken a stand to weave a spiritual thread throughout their books. Our world is becoming more ungodly by the day, and I appreciate these authors who will take a stand for Christ and not be ashamed to do so! Secular fiction may bring in more money (I don't know), but Christ's rewards are far greater.

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  4. Yes, DIANA, this is like preaching to the choir for this post and you! I know the authors you have reviewed have been so appreciative of all your efforts! You are a Godsend!

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  6. Thank you, CARRIE! So are you and I would certainly say the above applies to you as well. Even more so, b/c of all the work and planning you do on this blog to support and encourage Christian authors!

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  7. You know, it's rather "funny" ever since I've owned up to writing novels people feel like I'm their confessional and say "I refuse to buy books" in some fashion or another. Now that I'm an "expert" I've started to say, "Well, at least think about buying a book from an author you love, because if everyone refused to buy their book, they wouldn't get another contract and they wouldn't put out any more books that you love." Usually they quit talking then. :) How come people will buy an overpriced coffee because it has a starbucks symbol on it, but they only borrow books? I know not everyone has money, but if you can go to McDonald's you aren't that poor, I promise, you can buy a book or two.

    And until the internet I'd never thought to send a personal letter to an author, I've done it a few times with authors I've actually met, but I still haven't emailed an author I don't know. Just never thought to.

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  8. oh, and meant to mention that it's worth going over to Julie's Journal Jots today -- you get to see her new book cover! Love Bethany/Revell covers!

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  9. MELiSSA, There is this other layer, too--the libraries. And a lot of people say they wait for the library to get it. so I suppose one thing they could do, if they really can't buy books (or go to Starbucks or McDonalds either) is to influence their library to purchase more Christian fiction. Thanks for coming by!!!

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  10. CARRIE, our library (Lexington) is so awesome. When you first walk into the fiction section the first sign you will see is the Christian fiction, and there are rows and rows of books in that genre. Now granted I haven't been there in a long while, so I don't know if that has changed, but Teresa would know unless she goes to the Cayce library nearer her house which I have never been in. I donated about 80 books to the library, after friends and family had all been through them, and that's another good thing one can do to help promote Christian fiction.

    There have been many times in my life where I couldn't afford a book (especially when all of a sudden you are forced into supporting another family for awhile); the price on them has gone up so much. By the time you buy a whole series you can easily spend $50. But if one has the money, it is money well spent and worth every dollar! And I'd rather have the books instead of McDonalds any ole day. :)

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  11. Wow, DIANA, that is such a blessing. That is a good reminder because we need to do more donations to the library again.

    some libraries let you ask for a book and they will order for it. I wonder if that ended with the budget cuts a few years back in my county, though.

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  12. I try to do all of those things. Most recently I sent one of my favorite authors a card and some (small) goodies that I thought would be meaningful to her! :) I appreciate our Christian authors SOOO much!!

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  13. That is so sweet LADETTE, literally, lol! Me, too. Sometimes think I might stop writing and just enjoy all the great fiction already out there and coming out but then God says, "Carry on, Carrie!"

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  14. Oh, CARRIE, thanks SOOO much for doing this list of 7 ways to support Christian authors -- so appreciate you and your blog and the lovely ladies who share it with you!!

    And the thing that realllly blesses me here??? Is knowing about God's principle of reaping as you sow, which means, girlfriend -- you and Diana and Teresa and Marian, etc. will reap MEGA blessings for your tender and generous hearts!!!

    Mega hugs!!
    Julie

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  15. Well, we actually lost a Follower this week, sigh... Anyway, our winner for our Follower is Kara who was selected per random.org and is also a Follower (as confirmed by notsorandom.diana.org!) CONGRATS to KARA who is our WINNER for our second drawing by OTT-WGH!!! The last drawing will be done by JULIE!

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  16. These are all great ideas for encouraging writers! Blogs can be a great vehicle for encouraging!

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  17. Thanks JULIA! That is what we hope and we pray our readers are blessed by the testimonies of overcoming!

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  18. MORE WINNERS thanks to JULIE LESSMAN: Katelyn Shear and Elyssa!!! CONGRATS!!!

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