Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Gift to Libraries, Gift to Publishing Industry, Gift to Literacy

Apologies for this shortie! Many #SharingwithWriters visitors and subscribers know that every once in a while I can't help myself.  This time I figure writers and readers will be interested in this way to give a gift that will help literacy, libraries, and--by extension--the publishing industry.

The Smithsonian magazine has made it easy for those who support literacy and libraries to give a subscription to their favorite library (or to whatever library they feel needs it most?). A subscription would be a great thank you gift to a library that has supported you with a signing, reading, or featuring you as a presenter. Send your check for $19. (a 51% discount off newsstand prices) to Lisa Dunham, Adopt-A-Library, Smithsonian, PO Box 62170, Tampa, FL 33663-1703. I love, love, love this magazine! They get thank you notes from librarians all the time—many of them lamenting the slim budgets they must operate on. And did you know that libraries on American Indian reservations have special needs, too?

This is also a resource for giving an inexpensive but meaningful gift to someone else for the holidays--kind of like many do for bereaved friends when they request "in lieu of flowers." That works for holidays, birthdays. You name it. And  


 Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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