Authors – what can you do right now – amid COVID19?
Authors, we encourage you to carry on and we have some suggestions below. But…
First and foremost, please know that we are here to help – email us with any questions, suggestions and/or add any tips that you might have for others in the comments section below and link to your website.
To help flatten the curve, we ask that all people in our communities, be respectful of the health guidance and laws – be aware, cautious, kind – and use common sense! We urge everyone to comply.
Here’s an excerpt from a letter that one of our colleagues received from their regional health care:
“Please take the recommendations from Public Health seriously and do your part to flatten the curve and control the spread of COVID-19:
- practice physical distancing (social distancing);
- stay home unless absolutely necessary;
- cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve;
- wash hands frequently with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub;
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- avoid all non-essential trips into the community;
- avoid all non-essential travel until further notice; and
If you have travelled, stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days from when you return home.”
As an author, if you are wondering how you can carry-on…
- continue or start writing, creative expression is a great way to ease tension
- would people enjoy your book while staying at home? …maybe you can help by offering discounts so people can have your book to read, while they are isolating
- offer links on your website that include helpful information for your community, and share these via social media (be unique in showing how you are coping and tips you may have to offer)
- try recording a video of you reading your book or, if longer book, relevant part of your book online – so parents can share with home-bound students and/or others can enjoy and receive relevant information and your heart-warming thoughts
- work with your publishing team to setup broader distribution, so you can take advantage of online orders now, and then build for more orders once the curve is flattened
- look at advertising, while others are not using and/or limiting Ad budgets, and PayPerClick (PPC) costs may be lower (because larger companies are scaling back on expenses such as this).
What tips can you offer other authors? Please comment below.
And, please feel free to contact us to see how we can help you!