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Help a Writer Pictures – Good or Bad?

Help a Writer Pictures – Good or Bad?

by Tasha Turner

Are we asking our fans to work for us and forgetting to thank them for buying our books? (tweet this)

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I like points 1 and 2 for sure. Points 3 and 4 are nice and like the way they are worded here without pressure or guilt and acknowledging the reader’s time.


My issue with many of these “help a writer” pictures is that they ignore the fact that the reader has helped the writer by purchasing the book. I feel like they should say “additional ways to support your favorite writers” or “another way to show love to a writer” but I’m concerned that we are starting to devalue in my mind the biggest thing people do for us writers… Buy our books.

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This one bothers me more. It seems more demanding on the reader. I do like the last line. But I’m concerned the last line is lost in the demands above it.

One of the signs floating around also accidentally offend book reviewers so before posting a sign we need to look at the wording carefully and think about who will see it and how it might sound to them. I can’t find the one that had a number of book reviewers talking about and being upset about it. I hope one of my readers has it and shares it with us.

  • Do you have other “help a writer/show love to an author” pictures? If so please include a link/share the picture in the comments. And your thoughts about it.
  • Thoughts on the ones you’ve seen?
    • Did you like them? why?
    • Did you not like them? why?
  • Do you think these are good ways to educate and motivate our readers?
    • if so why?
    • if not why?
  • Readers what are your thoughts?
    • Have you seen these?
    • How do they make you feel?

Don’t make me fell like a loser please comment…. or you know don’t I’ll survive… Is the guilt working? Yeah I didn’t think so.


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About the author

Tasha Turner

I am a writer and a one-on-one social media coach. I teach people how to brand themselves and how to use social media effectively.

Currently I am co-authoring a short story about a Jewish vampire to be released in 2012 as an e-book. This will be my 1st fiction. I have written a number of computer manuals and managed a tech writing group as well as editing others work for 20 years. Tasha Turner is my Pen Name and has become my professional name by default.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.brockman1 Cathy Brockman

    Lol i liked these pictures but I do agree the readers need to be apreciated . without them there wouldnt be a need for the writer.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner


  • http://twitter.com/JohannaDenton Johanna Denton

    Hi, Tasha. Great post! I totally agree with you about how we need to think of ways to engage and thank readers. People sometimes have short memories and this is a relationship one needs to nurture, not abuse.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      Yep, its great to encourage your readers to do reviews. We just have to be careful in how we do that. Make sure it is done in a positive way and not as a guilt trip.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002563657546 Marjorie McRae

    Love the book pictures, and totally agree with your ‘help an author’ thoughts. Maybe you should add ‘family and especially husband hostility’ to the hardships authors endure – at least female authors. I have a feeling that when it’s the man writing, he will get a lot more support from his spouse than is usual the other way round.

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      I don’t know if men who write get more support or not. Artist in general have a hard time being taken seriously. We do need to make sure we are treating our writing professionally. It is hard to be home and a writer and to make sure we have the time to write and do what we need to for our career. One of the things that I’ve found can help is to write down what we really do hour-to-hour every day and share that with our family. Then talk at the beginning of every week about anything that is going on that is special that week that is going to interfere. If you talk about your time as if you are away at your job during those hours and you can show what you really do all day I find many families see things differently. But you have to do it without anger. From a “this is what my days/week look like what will you need from me that I need to know about so I can add it to the schedule”. Over time everyone adjusts to the schedule.


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