Looking for the perfect gift for the writer in your family? Here are some of my favorite ideas. (Pssst... writers... share this with your loved ones and let them know which one's you want most!)
1. COFFEE HOUSE GIFT CERTIFICATES: Most every writer I know thrives on their favorite beverage and needs a hot cuppa-something close at hand. Whether your in-house writer is the drive-through/carry out type or the sit-for-an-afternoon-and-muse personality, this is the gift that will fit any price range.
I often meet authors I refer to as “Joan of Arcs.” They are authors who’ve already written or plan to write a book, but are certain when they release it, they will be tarred and feathered, drawn and quartered, burned at the stake, and maybe even stoned to the death, due to the radical, life-changing, culture-modifying ideas they want to share. And even though they believe these ideas with all their heart and likely have enjoyed self-betterment from them, they have such a strong fear of the persecution they may face, they may hold back from publishing and/or promoting their book.
There is a group of authors I refer to as the “Soap Box Preachers.” Beginning many years ago, people would go into the town square, stand on a wooden crate (an old soap box), and extol their beliefs to whoever would listen. Some were ignored, others gathered small crowds, while a few incited angry mobs. You might say it was the Facebook of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Soap Box Preachers are authors who have published their book and are now trying to promote it. Happily, they will tell you all about it, will keep you up for hours (if you let them), explaining every jot and dot in excruciating detail as to how they wrote the book, researched it, published it, and are now promoting it. And oh, by the way, do you want a copy? (If you don’t buy one, they might give it to you—anything to “get it out there and have it read.”)
If you're an Invisible Magi archetype, you're probably not reading this (unless someone else has printed it out and given it to you after recognizing you amid its words). That's because Invisible Magi have no platform or knowledge of how to create one.
They have no website. They don't do social media. They have no idea what a blog is. They are basically doing no promotion whatsoever, other than possibly utilizing means which are outmoded, outdated, and (unfortunately) only nominally effective. (A few have a very basic web presence, but have no idea how to utilize or monetize it.) While it may seem impossible that this type of promoter exists, it's really quite common.
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