Yesterday Brenda Whiteside blogged about ‘Paying it forward’ on http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com/ and reminded me that doing the little extra something for someone else makes a difference.
Since I’m a writer, I do most of my ‘paying’ for other authors. I tweet, mention on FaceBook, post on StumbleUpon or just send an email around my loops. I use Triberr, a great tool for promo.
What do I think this does? Hopefully the one extra bit of promo sells another book for them. I like to think it does. I like to think that they’ll do the same for me.
Imagine my shock when an RWA chapter I belong to had someone complain about helping a new author scrambling to get her info out there. I didn’t get on the loop and scold her like I should have. I hate to think the petty remark was from envy or jealousy. I hate to think others agreed with her.
So what else it there I can do? I add tags, click on likes and comment on blogs when I have extra time.
I tried doing a few reviews but found it’s not one of my talents. I guess I need to try harder, especially when I see so many readers do check the reviews and say they are helpful.
I just wish they were easier to post. There’s Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, Barnes&Noble for the Nook as well as posting it as a blog, and those are only a few places.
I do think that Roses are really helpful. A request for votes gets a response from a number of fellow Roses. A request for tags or likes is met with lots of them.
I’ve asked for some myself.
Do I sound selfish? I hope not. I’d like to think everyone will remember me when my turn comes around, but I can’t count on it. So I ‘pay it forward’ anyway.
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