Friday, January 25, 2013

Reminder to Pay It Forward by Barbara Edwards

Yesterday Brenda Whiteside blogged about ‘Paying it forward’ on 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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Calisa Rhose said...

I would like to think everyone is as helpful as our roses, but they are not. Good for all your efforts, Barbara.

Barbara Edwards said...

Thanks Calisa. We can do as much as we are able, plus one. Works for me.