A neat way to tip an author?

After spending a few enjoyable hours in a restaurant, we pay our bill and give a little thank-you via a tip. For the waiting staff, this can be as financially valuable and personally gratifying as the wage packet.

Authors love it when you buy their books. Of course they do! It pays the bills and feeds the dogs and gives them time to write more books. But a review lights a flame in an author’s heart.

You got it? We connected! We understand each other!

It makes an author’s day a little brighter.

For more than one reason.

Reason One: People often write to me via email or social media to let me know how much they like The Beatrice Stubbs Series. Here’s one from last week:

Binge reading! JJ Marsh/Beatrice Stubbs are FANTASTIC. They are almost impossible to put down. I started Book 1 on August 2 (thanks to Kindle) and am now half way through Book 6. They are the perfect antidote to the excessive heat – just lie on the sofa and read, read, read!!

It’s heartwarming to hear such a response. Authors love to receive such praise. Thank you so much!

Reason Two: Putting your thoughts in public – eg, Amazon, iBooks, etc – allows other people to discover the books and potentially enjoy them as much as you do. How many word-of-mouth recommendations have you enjoyed? I’ve discovered true gems thanks to tips from friends.

Spread the word. Pay it forward.

Reason Three: The more reviews a book or boxset gets, the more doors open. Take a look at this post by indiesunlimited to get a bit more background. Real live people with personal opinions make all the difference to writers. Your comments support the author with no cost other than a few moments of time.

Reason Four: If you’ve never written a review before, it’s not difficult. You can go the whole hog and do an in-depth analysis or just jot down a couple of lines about why you liked it. You might like this piece by Gillian Hamer, a seasoned reviewer, on how to avoid spoilers and focus on the potential reader.

http://amzn.to/1MxQcYy

Reviewers and recommenders are more valuable to authors than you can imagine.

So on behalf of all of us – Thank You!

 

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The blog is going on holiday! For the next two weeks, your Sunday evening irritant will be as silent as a squashed mosquito.

Not all the following statements are true:

  • I am going undercover with Interpol
  • I am sailing round the Med in a bikini
  • I am switching off the Internet to write the book

However, I couldn’t bear to leave you with nothing to read.

So I have been rooting around in the undergrowth for precious treasures. I’m not just chucking any old fungus at your feet. I’ve chosen carefully and catered for all tastes. Think of me as your friendly truffle-sow.

Tailored to your mood, destination and fancy, here’s what you should read this summer:

 

You’re heading to the park, with sunglasses and umbrella for some me-time:

Hampstead Fever, by Carol Cooper

 

You’re in a camper van, exploring Ireland. Nothing’s gone to plan and you couldn’t care less:

The Glorious Heresies, by Lisa McInerney (audiobook adds layers of joy)

boat cove

You’re backpacking in South East Asia and curious as to recent history:

When Broken Glass Floats, by Chanrithy Him

 

You’re taking the family on an educational Grand Tour:

Us, by David Nicholls

french corner

You’re heading to the British seaside with a bucket, spade and some Polaroids:

Her Turn To Cry, by Chris Curran

 

You’re on a road trip through the American MidWest, watching, listening and learning:

Mailbox, by Nancy Freund

 

You and the gang are partying on the beach:

Viral, by Helen Fitzgerald

beach umbrellas

You’re staying home to do some thoughtful gardening:

The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton

 

You’re in the wrong place at the wrong time with the right words:

Easy Motion Tourist, by Leye Adenle

 

You’re still mourning Brexit and plan a cycle trip round Europe to say goodbye:

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, by Liz Jensen

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What are you reading?

See you in August!

Thanks to JD Lewis for all these beautiful images. Check out more of her work here.