"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

No Heavy Lifting Required- 8 almost effortless ways to support writers!

There is great truth to the adage, "There is strength in numbers."
Collective efforts can make a positive difference, whether it's a boycott, a bake sale, or getting behind a worthy cause.

Which is why I'm sometimes baffled by the lack of participation and support in literary circles.

For example, in my area, local bookstores will often sponsor book signing events, poetry readings, and exhibits for folks that are not well known, but have work that merits recognition and exposure. I try to attend as many as my time and resources will allow, even if I've never heard of the poor soul. Why?

Because it opens doors for the rest of us. I also recognize the effort involved.
Contrary to popular opinion, support need not always be about money, nor a great investment of time.

With this in mind, here are 8 ways to support writers and create win-win situations for us all!

1. If you can't attend an event, please pass the word on to friends, associates and family members. I can tell you from personal experience that it really helps to see a few smiling faces in the audience to help make it through the day.

2. When you visit a Blog that you enjoy, post a comment. Think about it. There must be something of value that you get from going to that person's site, or you wouldn't be there. It's a really cool gesture to show appreciation for others' efforts, insights and time. Perhaps in a rush? (I can relate.) Simply add your name to the Blog as a follower. Or promote it through your social media network.

3. Provide a link for other writers you admire on your site. Or highlight other bodacious blogs by doing a listing of your weekly favorites! You benefit by having their fans and followers click in on your site. This helps build new audiences and creates good blog karma.

4. Offer to do a guest post on someone's site. It enables other blog owners to have a day off, and also provides variety at their site.

5. Write a review of other writers' books, classes, or products.

6. Send a motivational Email to someone who's struggling with completing a novel, or dealing with doubt and/or editors' rejections.

7. Barter services to help each other to save money and expand resources.

8. Participate in polls and surveys as they apply to your lifestyle and circumstances.

...BONUS! Send a word of appreciation to someone whose work you admire. Make someone's day.

Sometimes it takes so little to mean so much...

How do you do your part?
Do you agree or disagree? Weigh in.:-)



  1. I agree! These are wonderful ways we can encourage and support other writers. I know a kind email or comment really makes my day, especially when having a challenging week. Hey, comments and kind actions can make my month! lol

    I know too, if I have a guest post somewhere, I appreciate it when my followers hike on over and comment. It's like having your own fan club, and really warms the heart. Support is so important; it helps us keep on keeping on.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM


    Good points. Thanks for making them here, and for starting up the discussion. Enjoy your weekend 2! :-)

  3. I show support by trying to post substantive comments on the blogs of writers I follow. I want those writers to know I'm "listening" to what they're saying, not just skimming their posts.

    I also show support by posting book reviews on my blog. I know someone who self-published a book. I bought it, read it and reviewed it on my blog. That post ended up being my most traffic-heavy post to date, and the author ended up quoting me on her own site. Good blogging karma, indeed!

    Thanks for the additional tips on ways to support writers. Have a lovely weekend. :-)

  4. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 10, 2011 at 9:51 PM


    I can surely say that you've been a "support" here. And you're spot on with the blog karma.
    I admit to sometimes being too busy to comment on many of the blogs that I enjoy. But in lieu of this, I have provided support in some of the ways I've mentioned within this post.

    Thanks for your valued (and) valuable input and presence.

  5. Indeed a blessed way to live one's life, according to the Golden Rule. I have been unable to comment on half my blogs, I am going to try "anonymous".

  6. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Hi "Anonymous"

    We won't hold it against you...for now. :-)

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and adding to the mix here.

  7. Linking and mentions are some of the easiest ways to bless other writers. And the thing is, you'll be way blessed just from taking the time to do it.

  8. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM


    Yep. Blessings are a byproduct of the sowing principle.