Author Wendy Tyson joins me on the blog today with her second novel in the Allison Campbell mystery series, Deadly Assests. Wendy is on tour with Chick-Lit Plus, and shares her ideas on how fellow writers can Pay It Forward in their community.
There’s also a tour-wide giveaway going on for an Amazon gift card, and you can find all the details at the end of the post.
Wendy Tyson is a corporate lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. She’s the author of three crime novels. Her latest, DEADLY ASSETS, the second Allison Campbell mystery, was released on July 22. The first Campbell novel, KILLER IMAGE, was named by Examiner.com as one of the ten best mysteries for book clubs in 2014. She’s also written THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS. Wendy lives near Philadelphia with her husband, three sons and two muses, dogs Molly and Driggs.
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Paying It Forward
Months ago, my editor sent me the schedule for the DEADLY ASSETS release. In the April timeslot she’d typed, “Plan Launch Party” in red ink. Sounds like a simple enough task, right?—especially for a woman whose main character is an image consultant. But the truth is, I’m not a great party planner, particularly when the thing we’re celebrating is my own work. I don’t like the spotlight.
For KILLER IMAGE, I’d hosted a launch party at a fabulous boutique in New Hope, Pennsylvania. We’d had drinks, appetizers and prizes. It was a ton of fun, but I wasn’t sure I was up for another. What to do? I found my solution after attending a “Meet & Greet” with a local dog charity, Home At Last Dog Rescue. Home At Last rescues dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters and fosters them until forever homes are found. They have a lot of special needs dogs and incur high vet bills. I decided then and there to use the launch party to give back to the community, making my favorite library and Home At Last the benefactors.
Authors are a giving bunch. There’s a lot of talk in the writing community about paying it forward. I can only speak for myself, but I am so grateful to see my dream of getting published come true, and now that I have a platform, I want to use it for good. It’s a theme I’ve heard from other authors. But aside from fund raising, what can you do to give back to the community? Here are a few ideas:
- Mentor other writers. Once you’re published, other writers will reach out—for guidance, support, even endorsements. Taking the time to respond to them will mean a lot. We’ve all been novices at some point. Sharing your insight and experience is a great way to give back. This can be done individually, but also through workshops. If you have a skillset, share it.
- Support local libraries and independent bookstores. If you’re lucky enough to have a great indie bookstore nearby, go! Attend events, buy books, mention it online and offer to do signings there. Same for public libraries. I found my hometown library to be a great support and resource. You can offer to help the library by holding workshops and participating in speaking events.
- Visit book clubs. I love book clubs, and I’ve found book club visits to be a terrific way to connect with readers. Plus, in my experience, book club members are incredibly appreciative of an author’s time. Every time I attend one, I learn something new about my own work—and I make some new friends. You don’t have to go to someone’s house. You can offer to meet in a public place (like a library or bookstore), or you can do it online via Skype or another platform.
- Nurture kids’ writing. One of my favorite ways of giving back is by talking to kids about writing. I’ve found them eager to learn and excited about the possibilities. Stop by your local schools and offer to talk to students, or reach out to local libraries or writing camps.
- Volunteer. There really are endless ways you can volunteer to use your writing abilities to benefit others. From taking on a role in a writing organization to writing brochures for a local charity, you’ll likely find people eager for your help and expertise.
Everyone who leaves a comment on the tour page will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases a copy of Deadly Assets by August 18 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus.com will receive 10 bonus entries! Visit the tour page here.