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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tuesday Writing Tip~Paying It Forward

As the new year get's into full swing I'm reminded to throw out the old and bring in the new. There is a lot of that to do in writing; editing, habits, stories that need to be retired or started, that kind of thing. One habit I will not be throwing out though is paying it forward. While it may or may not contribute to one's success, I feel that paying it forward is a vital part of any business, but even more so in the publishing industry. We are all in this together and we must support one another.

Writing Tip: Support your fellow writers and authors. Beta read for someone, join a critique group, buy books, talk about the books you love to support the authors.

Tonight at 7:00pm PT I'm hosting a live chat with the fabulous author Denise Grover Swank over at the Indie Elite blog. If you haven't read her books yet you're missing out. Her adult paranormal novel, Chosen, was one of my favorite books of 2011. I hope you'll stop by to help me support this wonderful lady and fabulous author. Who knows, we may even give away prizes...

18 comments:

  1. I agree that supporting other writers is important. Writing is lonely work, but not when you participate in another writer's journey.
    Best wishes to you in 2012!

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  2. Thanks for the well wishes on my blog, Heather. May 2012 be all you wish it to be, Roland

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  3. I'll still be working at the paying gig during the live chat, but I hope you have a blast.

    I think you are truly right. In this industry, where we are often alone in the process of actually writing the story, it's great to support each other with so many other aspects. Thanks for today's tip.

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  4. Out with the old and in with the new. That's my motto for this new year as well. I've finished up my old WIP, and need to dive into the new one.

    I also agree with you about paying it forward. Nothing makes me feel better when I'm down on my own writing, than helping another writer. :)

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  5. I'll do my best, depending on my little darlings! :-)

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  6. Looking forward to tonight. Chosen was also one of my Favorites.
    Secrets is Spruce Knoll is my next to-read and I'm so excited for it.
    I love your writing tips Heather. Thank you

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  7. Emily, exactly! It only has to be as lonely as we make it.

    Roland, that's so sweet, thank you so much!

    Angela, bummer that you'll be working during the chat. We'll miss you!

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  8. Tina, me too! I'm so excited to be starting work on book three this year. And I couldn't agree more, helping other writers is one of the most rewarding things ever!

    Shannon, yay! Fingers crossed that you can make it!

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  9. Supporting each other is so important in this business. Totally agree!

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  10. Great advice! More authors need to show support, I think. I realize there is only so much we can do, but we can tweet if we like a book!

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  11. Very cool, Heather. I total agree with you. The writing world is all about supporting each other.

    Great post :)

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  12. Lydia, it is the foundation on which we build. :)

    Elana, so true! And great idea! Tweeting for support is fantastic!

    Melissa, thank you. :)

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  13. I wish I had all the time in the world to support people! I could spend my whole day spreading the word about books I love and chatting up people everywhere convincing them they MUST read a particular book. Hmmm... maybe I should get a job in a bookstore. ;)
    But as it is I try to get my reviews out there and I tweet about most all the books I read. I think supporting authors and writers is very important! (And fulfilling.)

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  14. I'm sorry to have missed that event! But I'm so glad to see such a supportive network!

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  15. Heather, I truly believe that your tip represents one of the most important things a writer can do. Support among writers if something so special and wonderful it can never be overlooked.
    Also, I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can find the post here: http://tinyurl.com/85c5g46
    :)

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  16. Agree!!! And I love Denise's writing--she's fantastic! I so wish I could be there tonight to chat with her, but am obligated elsewhere. May you have a wonderful chat. This is a great thing to do, Heather. . . Denise will do well, no question, and this will help.

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  17. Wish I could have been there Heather. I was on the 30 hour journey home. I'm sure it was great!

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