Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Show your support.

For the beginning Freelance writer, sending out those first queries can be tough, downright daunting, even. Most writers experience some form of trepidation regarding their work – usually insecurity about sending their “babies” out into the world.

My mom has been a cheerleader for me. She always has something positive to say to me when I tell her I have submitted a query or gotten a rejection. All writers need someone like that in their lives. If you know a writer and want to show your support for them, there are some simple ways to do it.

Let the writer in your life know you believe in him/her and you value their work. Listen when they are excited about a new piece or project. Commiserate when things fall through. Send them a card, an e-mail or call to see how things are going. Offer to babysit if they have children. Any thing you do to show you care is always appreciated.

If you want to buy something for a writer, there are many gifts from which to choose.

  • Gift Cards to Office Supply Stores
  • Gift Cards to Book Stores
  • Gift Cards to Amazon.com
  • Gift Certificates to Ebay
  • Credits for use at Paperback Swap
  • Blank books/ Journals
  • Good quality pens
  • Business Card Holders
  • Super Quality Paper (for stationery)
  • Ink cartridges for their printer
  • Calendars
  • Music (ask what genre is good)
  • Postage (stamps)

I'm sure you can come up with more ideas of your own. Just let the writer in your life know you care.