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326. Want to support an author's or illustrator's new book but can't afford to buy it? Here's what you can do.

The quandary: You want to support someone's new book and as much as you'd like to buy it, you can't. Perhaps you can't justify the cost of the new book right now. Perhaps your author friend is prolific and has multiple books coming out, and you can't afford to get them all. Perhaps you have so many author and illustrator friends that if you tried to buy all their books, you'd need to sell your car first. Or your house.

Here are some other ways you can show support for an author's book:

First, read the book. How do you read it without buying it? Borrow it from the library. For picture books, you could even read the book AT the bookstore.

Reserve a copy at the library. At least at some libraries, this helps show the library that at least one person is interested in that book. If popular enough, the library may order more copies.

Review/rate the book. Post a rating and/or review in sites like GoodreadsLibraryThingAmazonBN.com or your own blog. If you didn't like the book, don't lie. Nilofer Merchant suggests using a phrase like "this book is not for you if you are xxx" because even this kind of negative review may help others know the book IS for them. Take a few extra minutes to browse the other reviews of the book and then (if the feature's available) Like the reviews that you did like or found helpful.

When you read the book, read it where people can see it. Not sure about the rest of you, but I'm always surreptitiously checking out the covers of books that people read in public. This is where print books have the advantage of digital. Read the book on public transit, in the park, on the beach, at the airport, while waiting in line. You never know when people will decide to check out the book just because they saw you enjoying it.

Recommend the book to others through social media. Including the book cover (either scoop the cover image from the publisher/author/illustrator website or photograph the book cover in the library or bookstore) especially helps. Even just a short "Loved this book!" along with the cover will be appreciated. You can make it even more personal by adding a reason why you loved it. Take the time to tag the author or illustrator; tagging not only alerts the author/illustrator to the post but it also encourages people to click your tag link to find out more about the person.

Share and retweet the author's or illustrator's posts. Be judicious -- don't share/retweet everything, especially if you tend to share/retweet a lot on your feed. To authors and illustrators: make sure your post is PUBLIC if you want it shared. I can't tell you the number of times I've started to share someone's FB post but then discovered that it's a Friends-Only post; even if I shared it, the only people who see it would be our shared friends who already have it in their feed. If you're confused, read this FB support page about how to control who sees your posts.

Post a photo of the book in the wild. Especially around launch time, I find that social media sometimes gets inundated with images of just the book cover. Make your post more personal by taking a selfie of you holding the author's book, or another reader with the book -- photos with people in them always get more Like-love. Or take a photo in a fun setting, like adding a cup of tea beside a picture book about a tea party, for example. Or if you see the book in your local bookstore or library, take a photo and tag the author or illustrator. I can't speak for other author/illustrators, of course, but I always appreciate when someone does this.

If the author or illustrator is on YouTube, subscribe to their channel so you can more easily find out when they upload new trailers or videos.

Talk about the book. Don't underestimate the power of word-of-mouth. Recommend the book to friends, work colleagues, your local bookseller and librarian. When a friend of mine recommends a book they personally like and think I'd like, too, I pay MUCH more attention than when I see a generic "this new book just came out, you should get it!" post on social media.

And meanwhile...

Whether or not you can afford to buy my book(s), THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has supported me and my work! I really appreciate it.

Do you have other suggestions about how to support book authors and illustrators? Please post below.

Related Resources:

How To Support An Author's New Book: 11 Ideas For You - by Chuck Sambuchino on Writer Unboxed

How To Support An Author - by Nilofer Merchant

5 Quick Ways To Support Your Favorite Author - by Dorothy Wiley

How To Support An Author Beyond Buying Their Book - by Erin in Pub Crawl

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327. Joust

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328. Over on the Farm

Over on the Farm, by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by me, published by Dawn Publications
Here's the working cover for Over on the Farm which comes out in the spring. I love illustrating Marianne Berke's stories and this will be our fourth book together. It's about farm animals and counting, what more could a little kid want? I'll post more show-and-tell when there's more to post.

Since this is the first of two books I'm working on with Dawn Publishing for an early 2016 release I need to keep drawing.

Thank you for taking a look!

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329. Pick of the Week for VACATION and This Week’s Topic


It’s Illustration Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Julia Pieper, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of MONSTER. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


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330. WALL ART - studio noodles

Lisa Jane Dhar of Studio Noodles has recently released some eco art prints which are now available from Not on the High Street. They are all printed on recycled pulp board using vegetable inks and finished with an eco waterbased sealant. Designed and Made in Britain many of the prints have been inspited by London. See the full collection online here at NOTHS.

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331. nerosunero (mario sughi) at the Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Cassino (CAMUSAC)

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332. Pretty in Pink (and Green)

New Growth I, wax on birch panel, 6 x 6. © 2015 by Lisa Firke

New Growth I, wax on birch panel, 6 x 6. © 2015 by Lisa Firke

New Growth II, wax on birch panel, 6 x 6. © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

New Growth II, wax on birch panel, 6 x 6. © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

New Growth III, wax on birch panel, 6 x 6. © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

New Growth III, wax on birch panel, 6 x 6. © 2015 by Lisa Firke.

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333. Summer Schedule!

Summer reading is upon us! I am honored and delighted to have created the art for the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Perhaps you may see one of these posters hanging at your local library? If you do, please give your librarians a high-five for me!

I'll be stopping by a few libraries in New England this summer for book readings. Perhaps we can high-five the librarians together?

June 29 
3:30 pm
Watertown, MA
Watertown Public Library

June 30
6:00 pm Grades K-2
6:45 pm Book Signing
7:30 pm Grades 3 +
Durham, CT
July 7
Always Tardy Marty hits bookshelves! Written by the talented Erica S. Perl and illustrated by yours truly! Ironically, 
this book is hitting bookshelves early. (It was originally slated for September.)

July 21
6:30 pm
Walpole, MA
Walpole Public Library

August 6
Chicopee, MA

I know you don't want to think of back-to-school season just yet, but... Looking ahead to fall, here is a look at some
of the events that are getting cooked up. There will be more events added for It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon, so stay
tuned for more info!

September 5
Washington, D.C.
The National Book Festival

September 8
It's Tough to Loose Your Balloon hits bookshelves! When this book publishes, it will be the 30th book with the name Krosoczka on the spine!

September 8
4 pm
Dedham, MA
Blue Bunny Bookshop

September 9
Knoxville, TN
Union Avenue Books

September 12
Amherst, MA
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

September 19
Princeton, NJ

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334. Giraffe and Elephant

    ITS HERE!! Ladybug magazine featuring my art. There is one more page with the end of the story (its in the one with the Beach cover).

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335. First Look: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3′

Po re-unites with his father in the next installment of the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise.

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336. Sketchbook Pages

Here are some recent drawings from my sketchbook.
billygoat tortoise

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337. #BookADay: FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES by Suzanne Lang & Max Lang (Random House Children's)

FAMILIES, FAMILIES, FAMILIES! by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang is a wonderful celebration of family love, no matter what the size or type. Adorable and goofy family portraits included nontraditional as well as traditional families. Published by Random House Children's Books this year.

Suzanne produces, develops and writes for children's television. Max codirected the film adaptation of The Gruffalo (!) as well as the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Room On The Broom.

Excerpt from a School Library Journal review: "The loud-and-clear message is that “if you love each other, then you are a family.” And imagine the many children who will be reassured because they have found a portrait of a family they will recognize as their own. A solid choice for most libraries."

More about the book on the publisher website.


More info: Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge | Archives of my #BookADay posts

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338. NCRL Summer Reading!

The start of summer = the start of Summer Reading, and this week I kicked things off in style with visits to the Twisp, Tonasket, and Oroville branches of the North Central Regional Library system. "Every Story has a Hero" and "Unmasked!" are the season's themes, so I'll be sharing new story news, pondering the similarities between creating comics and picture books, and leading cartooning workshops this June and July. The library kids and I will also create a NCRL Hero mascot for each of the 16 branches that I visit - "YES!" 

To wit, Twisp's most excellent new Hero team: BUZZ & BUZZY!

(Stay tuned for others within a day or two of each visit - and colored versions too!)

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339. FATHER'S DAY 2015 - wilko

We end the week with a few last minute snap shots of some Father's Day cards ready for the event this Sunday. The cute designs at reasonable prices were spotted in UK store Wilko.

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340. LATEST DESIGNS - jane farnham

Designer Jane Farnham has recently added some new cards and notebook designs to her Not on the High Street shop. Jane exhibited at BCTF (British Craft Trade Fair) in Harrogate earlier this year and managed to secured some stockists for her greetings cards and stationery. Camelot Fabrics have also licensed her designs for a new range called Gypsy Lane. Jane is currently looking for an agent and

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341. Breakfast with a Dinosaur

In this one-minute film, we find out what it's like to share a house with a dinosaur. Link to YouTube 

P.S. I was traveling all day yesterday and didn't do my homework (I'm embarrassed). Thought I'd bang it out over breakfast, but now I see it's a 40 page chapter! So I'll do the Harold Speed book club post tomorrow.

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342. Manga Out of Print, But Not Out of Mind

Finding a new manga title that you enjoy is awesome. You pick up volume one on a whim, and twenty-four hours later you are obsessed. The characters have agency, the plot has a freshness that sets it apart from other titles in the genre, and the writing had you laughing and crying in a matter ... Read more

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343. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Joe Matt





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Small Press comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly just released their 25th Anniversary book and since it features the first new material by cartoonist Joe Matt in years, I figured now would be a good time to celebrate his work! Peepshow, Joe Matt’s long running biographical comic, started back in 1987(the last collection was printed in 2007). It would go on to become one of the seminal works of the 90’s alternative comics scene, along with Clowe’s Eightball, Seth’s Palookaville, and Ware’s ACME Novelty Library.

The 15 new pages featured in D & Q’s 25th Anniversary book are intended for Matt’s next book and are a work in progress.

Joe Matt has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards and both an Ignatz and Doug Wright Award.

You can find him on Instagram (@joepeepshowmatt) now where he sometimes posts new art or you could find him surfing the web at a random Los Angeles, CA library.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com – Andy Yates

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344. New website! chadwbeckerman.com

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345. Wool, automata and cake

Sometimes I am asked to do private workshops and it is always a huge pleasure. Apart from the fun of going away visiting, I am always treated like a visiting princess and thoroughly spoiled. This month I stayed at the home of Ian Mackay, maker of exquisite automata and Fleur Hitchcock, the children's writer. Here is Ian, making a needle felt version of one of the chickens on his amazing pecking chicken machine. Needless to say, as a skilled craftsman, he picked it up at once.

It was a fairly informal workshop, and people pretty much free ranged their designs, which was interesting for everyone and made me think on my feet.

There are wonderful examples of Ian's work all over the house, with intriguing handles which beg you to turn them. And when you do, magical things happen.

Driftwood houses are so much the in thing now, with so many people making them,  but Ian was one of the early originators and I loved this little wooden street.

Lunch was pretty darned splendid.

 Amazingly, after all that, people carried on working. This was a particularly splendid guinea pig.

And the youngest member of the group produced her own version of Totoro from Studio Ghibli.

I am always thrilled to bits when someone who has never needle felted or indeed crafted much, produces something lovely. Often they start out with a little trepidation, but at the end of the day, they have made something beautiful, and in this case, entirely their own design.

Naturally, mid-afternoon, there was cake.

The next day, I myself tried my hand at creating something outside of my own comfort zone, in Ian's workshop, but that's another story for a later date. Thanks so much to Ian and Fleur, for making my weekend really special and reviving my own creative batteries, which have been a little flat for the last few years.

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346. Friday Linky List - June 19, 2015

From The Guardian (via my awesome agent): Library cards around the world - in pictures

From 100 Scope Notes: At The Slate Book Review: Why So Poky? The scourge of terrible canonical children's books

From The New York Times: Transgender Children's Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo

From the Directory of Illustration: Christina Tugeau on the Importance of Character Development

At Mondays with Mandy or Mira, Mira Reisberg talks about A Lesson in the Pleasures of Plot - great advice

At Salon (via PW): Write an essay, get... a goat farm? The bizarre new literary economy that's matching real estate with gifted writers

From the BBC (via PW): The dark side of nursery rhymes

From BuzzFeed (Via my awesome new Southeast Scotland SCBWI group): If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop

From The Guardian (via PW): RJ Palacio: what is kindness?

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347. Small

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348. Harts Pass No. 254

Nothing wrong with being No. 2, although an article in this week's Methow Valley News speaks to renewed public support for the reintroduction of Grizzlies (Dangerous N.A. Mammal numero Uno!) to the North Cascades. Showdown baby!

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349. nothing like a little shameless self promotion....

when carting around your sketchbook and pencils! ;)

{thanks, fine art america for a wonderful print job and super cute bag...minus the poor photography skills on my part, that is.}

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350. Illustration Friday: Vacation

Today is the last day of school and the official start of summer vacation.  Woohoo!

Ever since I saw that the word of the week was Vacation, that song by the Go Go's has been running through my head.  You know the one.  I can tell it's playing in your head right now, and you're welcome.  So instead of the Go Go's, ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you the Go Goats making their splashy debut.

I'm going to try to keep up with Illustration Friday over the summer since I've slacked off so much during the first half of the year.  But don't be surprised if I fall off the face of the earth.

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