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The greatest gift

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer
Julie Butcher wrote a writer's letter to Santa - and yeah, that - and then there's the geekly gadgets that every writer with a background in a certain pool of tropes grins when (s)he sees, things that are utterly useless in any practical sense but tickle our sense of the awesome and the purely ridiculous - but here's a different and perhaps very doable wishlist.

This Christmas, if you are inclined to gift giving, give your favourite writer... a reader.

Tell a friend about your favourite writer's work (and get them to buy a book. Or two). Buy your favourite writer's books as presents for your friends yourself. Write a nice review somewhere - on Amazon, on Goodreads, on your own blog, somewhere. SPREAD THE WORD.

If you like what you've read from me, give me another reader this Christmas. Go tell a friend. Tell that friend to tell their friends, if they agree that there was something in my books worth discovering. (and if you've already done this, bless you. And can you do another...? )

I realise I am asking for something that is potentially enormous - I am asking for a gift that is intangible, that can't be wrapped, that won't be squealed over on Christmas morning as the ribbons are ripped from packages - but at the same time I am asking for a simple thing that it is yours to bestow. Spread the word. If you succeed in this drop me a line and tell me about it - or get that friend to - and it's a Christmas present that will keep on giving all year round.

To all rhe readers I've already got - thank you for coming along with me on this journey. You are ALL appreciated.

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carole_of_york
Dec. 23rd, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Third reader gift this holiday season -
My little sister. She was too weary of the Asian fiction explosion back in the day to check out Jin Shei, but I recommended your more YA-oriented novels because while I am a massive tome sort of gal, she reads a lot of young adult.

If she hasn't downloaded samples to her Kindle in the next few days I am doing so for her - she is a bit forgetful - but she really liked the premise so I think we have a winner.

She'll dig your dark fairy tales, too, as I do.

Speaking of which, have you ever thought of doing a myth retelling, a la C.S. Lewis' Til We Have Faces? I think of trying my hand at Rapunzel from time to time but get distracted by other projects.
anghara
Dec. 23rd, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Third reader gift this holiday season -
have you read my Rumpelstilstkin retell in "Beyond Grimm"? Look here: http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/beyond-grimm/

(and thank you, for all the rest... [grin])

Edited at 2013-12-23 12:45 am (UTC)
carole_of_york
Dec. 23rd, 2013 05:17 am (UTC)
Re: Third reader gift this holiday season -
Ooh, no, but thanks for the rec! I positively love fairy tale and myth retellings - and it's always nice to get an anthology and thus, the chance to get to know new authors. Will pick up immediately.
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