Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Paying it Forward

Pay it forward, you jerkies!

I'd like to thank Mesmerix over at Scribbler to Scribe not only for reviewing some of my work, but also for inspiring me to Pay it Forward.

See, she and I emailed a bit and I thanked her for the review and offered to read some of her work and return the favor and thanked her again for "wanting to read my gunk." (That's a direct quote.)

Know what she wrote back? She said, and I quote: "I'm all about supporting my neighborhood blogger-writers. Pay it forward and all."

So I'm paying it forward and heading off to buy one of my fellow blogger's books.

It's a book I've been eyeing for a little while. I like her excerpts. It sounds good and manly (so many of my fellow bloggers are either YA or romance).

In other words, it sounds like my gig.

A book I might actually enjoy reading.

I don't patronize or buy out of obligation, nor do I guilt or push my work onto anyone else. I read because I enjoy reading. I critique writers I like to critique.

Likewise, I expect the same from my readers and critters and betas. I'm not an obligation, dadgummit.

So I'm not asking you to buy a book you'll hate, out of guilt or obligation.

Nope. Instead, I'm suggesting you buy that book that you've been thinking about buying. Get the electronic version, if you must, it's sure a lot cheaper.

Buy that self-published book that sounds decent.

Buy that romance, or even that YA that sounds nifty.

Maybe they're self-published, or working with a micro-pub, or it's their first book with Penguin or Harper.

Go support your local blogger!

Pay it forward and all.

Whose book do you want to buy? Post a link to it in the comments! See my old post on how to insert a link into the comments: HTML for Bloggers!

Here's my choice: Mary McDonald's No Good Deed

- Eric

11 comments:

Mesmerix said...

Awww, this is awesome! I feel a bit like a butterfly. Will I create a tidal wave by flapping my wings?

So long as it's a metaphorical tidal wave, I hope so. :)

Jules said...

Excellent choice Eric. I follow Mary as well and love her stuff :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Good for you, Eric. Mary is an excellent writer. You'll enjoy the book.

Pay It Forward. A nice thought for comments, too. Or for posts : mentioning a blogger you've just found with few followers -- or being kind when it is clear they are struggling.

Have a great end of week, Roland

Kristie Cook said...

Love, love, LOVE this idea! My heads cranking with ways to run with it. Okay, the book I plan to buy TODAY is by a fellow indie author, Elizabeth Isaacs, whom I met on Twitter the other night through a book blogger. Her book, The Light of Asteria, sounds amazing.

Mary McDonald said...

Wow! I'm so flattered! Thanks so much, Eric!

I love the idea of paying it forward. I had another Indie author do something nice for me this last weekend, and when a friend on Facebook posted on my wall about her book, I wanted to continue the spirit of it, so I linked her book in some Amazon threads. It wasn't much, but I hoped it helped.
Gifts, by Linda Prather

Catherine A. Winn said...

I like the idea of paying it forward, it's just plain nice:)

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a plan!! I bought three books last week...all books I read about through blogging...books I would not have known about otherwise!

Piedmont Writer said...

I always try to pay it forward, you never know when someone will do the same for you.

Raquel Byrnes said...

I feel all communal and kumbaya-ish now, Eric.

How cool to pay it forward and what a great idea to boot.

P.S.
I had no idea that ALL Erics were good guys...learn something everyday. =)

Edge of Your Seat Romance

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's a great idea!

Phoenix said...

I am right on the edge of the Writer's Community of bloggers so I don't know how to pay it forward yet with books...

But I always try in my posts to give tons of props to the fellow bloggers in my life who are currently being awesome. :) Hope that counts!

PS You are 3 for 3 in leaving me comments on my blog that make me laugh so hard I cry. Just thought you should know...