I’ve got a new piece published online by Writers Bloc this week, part of their ‘Building Blocs’ series that gives advice and info to emerging writers.
The piece is called “How To Support Your Writer Friend” (alternate title: “So Your Friend Has Decided to Ruin Their Life” ?) and is basically about all the awesome things my friends did when I self-published my book.
It’s a piece I’ve wanted to write for a long time, mainly because when you tell people you’re a writer working on a book or big project the most common question you get is “How can I help?” I didn’t really know how to answer before I released Watching Cartoons with Boys, but that experience gave me stacks of examples of friends helping out with the writing process.
Originally I was just going to publish it here in the blog/news section of my website, but from talking online to other writers there seemed to be a lot of interest in reading it more widely, and I was lucky enough for Writers Bloc to pick up my pitch.
Honourable mentions in the piece include:
- My pal Rose who was a great study buddy and worked on assignments while I worked on my book
- My pal Anna who got an extra copy of my book to leave as an Easter egg in one of our favourite uni libraries
- Jemimah from Underground Writers who reviewed my book on GoodReads
- Carl, my pal from work, who stepped up at the last minute to photograph my book launch
- Bel, my bestie, who designed a great bookmark and shelf talker for my book
- Brunswick Bound for hosting my launch and always supporting local writers
- David, my amazing boyfriend, for spending big at the bookstore who hosted my launch 😀