I am an addict for used-book bargains.
I confess that it's not the author in me who seeks these out but rather the reader part of my personality. Because I can't resist an abused paperback if it comes with a 25-cent price tag attached.
I know. *sigh*
But since becoming published, my addiction has come to weigh on me a bit. As an author, I know how precious every book sale is for me - how much I rely on each purchase to encourage and nudge me forward in my art.
So why, knowing this, do I continue to seek out used-book bargains and deprive my fellow authors of that same sale?
The cold, hard truth of it is that most writers don't make much money, and yet we continue to pursue publication because we love stories. More than that, we love sharing our stories with others. Only another reader understands the kind of joy a book brings - that shared bond we experience when we find out someone loves the same characters or authors that we do.
So one way I've decided to challenge myself, as a reader, is to start limiting my used-book purchases and opt instead to buy a brand-new book, at least once a month, to support my fellow authors and the publishing industry.
For me, the holiday season is a great time to begin this resolution by gifting someone with a title from a favorite author. It's one of those gifts that benefits everyone: I feel proud of supporting other writers; the recipient may discover a new favorite read; and my author has earned one more sale that will hopefully encourage them to keep writing.
This year, Loree and I would like to invite our fellow Heartwarming friends to join with us in supporting each other, as readers and authors, by gifting someone with a book, purchased new (not used or at a book-sale but rather direct from a retailer) for a friend or loved one. (eBooks count, too!)
We know our readers love us, and we count on you to share that love to keep inspiring us to do what we do. Join us in supporting your favorite authors this holiday season and in the upcoming year!
And if you choose to purchase a Heartwarming title, here are some things to keep in mind!
Remember that one way you'll be able to do that for Heartwarming authors in 2016 is by buying our titles at select Wal-Marts nationwide!
PLUS, both Amazon and Barnes & Noble will now be carrying the paperback versions of Heartwarming books in addition to the digital versions!
And you can continue to purchase current and backlist Heartwarming titles online at www.harlequin.com
Here's to a heartwarming holiday season for all our readers everywhere. Check back in 2016 for another edition of "We Talk to Ourselves...a Lot!"
CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. Harper’s Wish, Book #1 in her Findlay Roads series, is her third Harlequin Heartwarming novel.