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Amy Lou Jenkins is the award-winning author of Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting

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Do you care for a writer? Top five ways to show your love

By Amy Lou Jenkins

 
 
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Thank you for loving a writer. Although writers are individuals, our idiosyncratic tendencies are fairy universal. Even when we wave awards and acceptance letters, even when we pronounce those who have rejected us as unenlightened and unworthy, every public act-- every reading, every blog post, and every submission-- requires an arduous swim through self-induced waves of diffidence. We are not easy to love or to live with, or to be related to. We are cranky, crave isolation and socialization. We ignore you. We donít understand ourselves. While you canít change the publishing industry and usher your writer friends and lovers to literary superstardom, you can avoid rubbing our multiple weeping wounds inflicted by rejection, nonreaders, and poor remuneration for the words we have hauled letter by letter from the depths of a well that changes location every time we head out with our empty pail. Help a writer out

 

1. When we say we donít want to be interrupted, please understand it may take us hours to get a writing flow going and seconds to lose it. When you interrupt for unessential reason, it feels disrespectful and hurts our work.

 2. If you read our raw work, donít be a mean editor with a red pen. We can handle and appreciate intelligent criticism.

 3. Itís very kind of you to tell us how much you enjoyed our book, but it doesnít help us. If you do believe in the merit of our book, post those compliments on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and like bookseller sites. Perhaps there is a case for spouses having a conflict of interest re this kind of posting, but surely friend/fans can find honest words to post.

4. Donít expect us to give you books. From our point of view it makes us feel bad when even our loved ones woní t pay money for our work. A writer only makes money when someone pays for their work. Buy new copies not used. After we die Ėitís okay to buy used, unless our kids are still in college or our widowed spouses destitute.

5. We donít care if you come to our funerals, it's more important to come to our book signings and readings.

 

Amy Lou Jenkins is a writer, speaker, and educator from Wisconsin.  She is held captive by literature of place.  Every Natural Fact; Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting now available for purchase from your local bookstore,  Amazon, and other booksellers. Listen to Amy discuss Every Natural Fact and the essential joy of time in nature, time away from electronic and virtual life, on public radio's Lake Effect.