International Thank an Author Year

WRITERI am declaring today the beginning of “International Thank an Author Year”. To my knowledge, this has not been previously declared, and I believe it is long overdue. And since Earth does not yet have an international government, I believe that I am as qualified as anyone else to declare this event.

Think about it for a moment. How many of you have a favorite book? Or an author that you absolutely adore? Have you ever learned an amazing fact by reading a book? Did you find a great recipe in a new cookbook? Has a favorite children’s book allowed you to spend quality time with a child or grandchild? Have you browsed travel books or novels with exotic locales, visiting those places in your mind? What about that special series of books, whose characters feel like your best friends? When life gets a little too crazy, do you escape between the pages for much needed relaxation?

SCREAMIf you answered YES to any of these questions, you should THANK AN AUTHOR. Without the efforts of those writers, you would have missed out on having some wonderful experiences. Just imagine how empty your life would be without books! On second thought—don’t imagine it. It is a horrifying image.

REVIEWYou may be asking, “How do I go about thanking an author?” I have several suggestions, but the most gratifying one for most authors is to WRITE A REVIEW. Just about everyone has an Amazon account, and that is probably the easiest way for anyone to leave a review. Many people also use Goodreads, or other reading-orientated sites. Many libraries also allow reviews on their websites. The advantages of writing a review are many. YOU get to tell the author how much you like the book, and even if there are some things you liked more than others. The AUTHOR gets thanked for all their hard work creating that book for your enjoyment. And POTENTIAL readers can be pointed in the right direction to find their own new favorite book.

Does the author have a website? Sign up for their newsletter. Newsletters will keep you informed of upcoming public appearances, new books coming out, and other news about the author. Authors love communicating with their fans. ONCE

Do they have a blog? Follow the blog, like, comment on, and reblog their posts so that others can get to know your favorite writers. This also lets the writer know that someone is reading what they write, and allows them to learn what topics people are most interested in.

FRIENDDo they have an author page on Facebook? “Like” their page, and invite your friends to like it too. This is a quick and easy way to show the author you are paying attention, and are interested in what they are doing. The same principle applies to Twitter. Spread the word!

Is an author appearing at a public venue for a book signing or lecture? Go see them, buy a book, get it autographed, and say “thank you” in person. You will probably be able to have you picture taken with them as well.

So go forth, fellow readers, and kick off International Thank an Author Year!THANKS

Introducing Michael Frizell — Ninetoes Loves Books

-What is your name? Michael Frizell Follow me on -What genre do you write in? Horror, Science Fiction -What drew you to this genre? As a child, I learned to read earlier than most, spurred by my fascination with Star Trek, monster movies, and comic books. My father, a Navy Vietnam veteran, understood the […]

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Back in the Saddlebag Again

After a much needed, but much lamented, break from writing for this blog, I’m back on track again folks. I know the past couple of weeks have been busy for all of us, and the next month won’t be much better. The holiday season is always a busy time for everyone, and it’s not any different at Oghma Creative Media.

In addition to the novels we publish and the events for writers that we are involved in, we have an incredible western-theme magazined that we publish. Saddlebag Dispatches is a full-color, glossy publication that comes out twice a year right now, perhaps more often in future, that features fiction, non-fiction, interviews with western writers, articles, and advertising featuring other western-themed writing.

And western-themed isn’t limited to cowboys. We are also serializing Bender, the Graphic Novel, the true account of America’s first family of serial killers. The Bender family lived in Kansas, and therefore fits the western criteria. Brothers David and Michael Frizell do an incredible job of bringing the story to life in all its horror. If you’ve never heard about the Bender family, I encourage you to check out either the serialization in our magazine, or better yet, get the full-length graphic novels telling the story. The first two volumes are currently for sale, and the third in on its way. Keep your eyes open for public appearances around the Midwest as well. The Frizell brothers love meeting their fans and talking about their work.

When we say “western-themed”, we mean anything that happens west of the Mississippi River, and embodies the spirit of the Old West, as most American imagine it. This of course includes the cowboys, but also the pioneers, the women, the settlers from all nations who moved westward to create a life for themselves and future generations. And it includes modern stories of rodeos, and ranchers, and anyone else who continues to work hard, play hard, and keep the spirit alive for all of us.

We’ve talked to romance novelist Linda Broday about the power of storytelling, interviewed Craig Johnson, the man behind the incredibly popular Longmire books and television series, included articles about Native Americans, and introduced our readers to museums and collections that are relevant to all of our topics.
Our next issue will be out soon, but in the meantime pardner, mosey on over to pick up an issue or two. Then grab a chair or a log, get a little closer to the campfire, and let yourself be transported to the spirit of the West.