Why Books Make Kick-Ass Gifts: Portability

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There are many reasons that books make great gifts, but we’re highlighting this one today: Portability.

Being able to take a book with you (whether it be a hardback, paperback, or e-book) is great for all those times during the average day when we are simply…sitting.

 

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For instance, when you’re waiting for a train or bus, you could be reading. When you’re holding a table and waiting for the rest of your party at a restaurant, why not squeeze in an extra chapter or two? If you aren’t in the best of health and spend lots of time in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals, books can literally help keep you sane while you deal with the stress of having the condition and the irritation of having to engaged in so much waiting.

 

So, the next time you’re looking for a gift for a work anniversary, Secret Santa exchange, or “just because” don’t underestimate the level of awesomeness that books have to offer!

Your 21% Is In The Bank!

Donate to 'The Den' Fund

The latest numbers show that ‘The Den’ is 21% of the way to meeting its $5,000 goal. We’re currently at $1,060 in donations. You can donate directly or purchase Volo Press products and services in order to help us meet our goal. If you want to know more about the project, or donate, just visit Volo-Press.com/TheDen!

 

 

Donate to 'The Den' Fund
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3 Ways to Be a Great Fan

Supporting Indie Authors

It’s one thing to like someone’s writing, but true fans are hard to come by for a lot of literary professionals. Here are three ways you can do your part to help your favorite authors become successful in their craft and be a sincerely great fan of their work!


 

1. Tell the World

Good fans read the books, blog posts, and magazine articles written by their favorite authors. Great fans encourage others to read their favorite author’s stuff as well. They tweet, blog, email, and post about the book. They pin and Instagram pics of the book when they get it in the mail or download it onto their e-reader. They recommend the author when they text, call, or chat. The never miss a chance to mention the author’s latest book when speaking with a friend, colleague, or family member. These are the behaviors of fans who help create careers for writers that last!

How do you measure up? When is the last time you tweeted about your favorite author’s work or passed one of their books along to a friend or co-worker?

 

2. Get Involved

Many authors (especially independent ones!) have ways that you can get involved with the publishing process for their work. This could mean anything from pitching plots or characters to joining an ARC list. Authors with a little more notoriety may already have a few Goodreads or Reddit groups about them. But if they don’t, a great fan may be the one who starts that group for discussion about the writer themselves and the works that the writer produces. Sometimes just realizing that there is someone in the world devoted enough to a particular artist to create a group based on their career is what can draw other people into considering becoming fans as well.

Have you gotten this deeply involved on behalf of your favorite author(s)?

 

3. Buy Direct

As much as you are able, try buying directly from the author. This could mean purchasing their work from their shop, their website, their booth at a book fair, or directly through their publisher’s site. Purchasing through third parties such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble often takes a healthy chunk of profit out of the author’s pocket. While it isn’t always an option based on where you live, how far you’re able to travel, and other factors, consider doing what you can to deal as directly with the author as possible.

 

 

What else do you do in order to help your favorite author’s succeed in the publishing world? Leave a comment and let everybody know!