Connecting With Your Readers….Why is this Important? [REPOST]

~ By Heather Lire So how many of you thought this about connecting with your readers on social media? Admit it, most of you. While I think this is important there is another connection that I think is so much more important, that of connecting with our readers through our stories. Long before I was an author I was a reader. One of my earliest memories was walking with my mom to the bookmobile. That was how we got library books living out in the country back in the day. The first book I remember reading on my own was...

Must…Read…

~ By Becke (Martin) Davis Note: This post originally appeared here.  I’m a bookaholic – no secret there. You can find my recent reading list on Shelfari and more favorites at Barnes & Noble. Recently my friend Kelsey Browning blogged at Wordplay about the benefits of reading deprivation as a sort of cleansing process. The thought of going even a day without reading gave me chills, and not in a good way. As a kid, I often got in trouble at school for having an open book in my lap, hidden by my desk. At home, I drove my mom nuts by sneaking a flashlight into...

Why #WeNeedDiverseBooks Matters

~ By Sonali Dev Like so many of you who are reading this, I inhaled books as a child. And I don’t mean that just in terms of volume but in terms of depth. I didn’t just read the books, I crawled inside them. I burrowed inside the characters like an insidious, hungry thing and flailed out my limbs to don their very essence like one pushes into a greatcoat with a broken zipper and breaks through the arm and neck holes in full ownership. I ate these stories up from the inside out. My little whitewashed room in...

Connecting With Your Readers….Why is this Important?

~ By Heather Lire So how many of you thought this about connecting with your readers on social media? Admit it, most of you. While I think this is important there is another connection that I think is so much more important, that of connecting with our readers through our stories. Long before I was an author I was a reader. One of my earliest memories was walking with my mom to the bookmobile. That was how we got library books living out in the country back in the day. The first book I remember reading on my own...

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