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Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life

December 20, 2018

The holiday season is upon us. But really, this list of gift ideas can be used at any time of the year. And I can guarantee that the writer in your life will appreciate these gifts.

I imagine the list you are expecting includes objects like fancy notebooks (and honestly, I’ve yet to meet a writer who doesn’t like notebooks), new pens or badges, mugs or t-shirts with “I’m a Writer!” printed on them.

But this list is a bit more personal and a lot of the items on will cost you nothing but a little time:

  • Buy their book.
    It’s not just about the money they make from it. It’s about supporting them and about improving their exposure or ranking on the sales platform you use. If you already have their book, getting it for someone else will kill two gift-birds with one kindness-rock.
  • Read their book.
    And if you do, they will be happy to know you did. I promise.
  • Review their book.
    This is important to book sales. In case you read their book, typing a review on Amazon, Goodreads or similar will be a wonderful gift. It doesn’t have to be a long essay or literary thesis. “I read this book and found it pretty good/fantastic/funny/interesting/heartbreaking/relatable/entertaining/scary” and a number of stars that match your experience (the more the better, of course) will do the trick and make the writer bounces around with joy.
  • Tell someone you know about the book.
    Word-of-mouth is powerful. Even if you haven’t read it, telling a friend who enjoys the genre or reading in general is a great gesture.
  • Share a link to their website or book on social media.
    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, your own blog, whatever SoMe you are into, really. This is easy and free, but the writer will be grateful.
  • Follow them.
    Not in a creepy stalk-them-on-their-way-home-from-work-with-a-crowbar kind of way of course. But if they have a mailing list, a blog or social media accounts, they will appreciate your following. You can even go on a spree liking their book related Facebook posts or Instagram photos of their cat posing on top of their book (not all writers have cats, but a lot of them do).
  • Add their book to a list or virtual bookshelf.
    Putting it on your wish list or want-to-read list on platforms like Goodreads will give it some exposure. Or, in case you own the book, take a photo of it and put it on any social media you prefer.

Happy holidays to you all! I hope the list was useful.

Stay tuned for title and cover reveal of this writer’s upcoming debut novel about the far future in the near future.

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