This year I’m encouraging everyone I know to buy books for the people on their gift list. The book industry is in a scary place right now, and so for all of us who love books, and especially those of us who want to get published, what better way to show support than to use your purchasing dollars to boost up the publishers you love.

I have a couple suggestions to run your way:

WOW! Women on Writing is a great resource for women writers, and their holiday gift guide is full of cool gift ideas.

The second is that you consider sharing with your loved ones the fact that you might love to have a book to help you with your writing. If you don’t have any of the following books, I highly recommend you ask for one, or put yourself on your gift list this year:

Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg

Ready, Aim, Specialize! by Kelly James-Enger

Bird by Bird, by Annie Lamott

On Writing, by Stephen King

How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, by Ariel Gore

This is just a short list to get you started, and inspired to start thinking about how writing might fit into your New Year’s Resolution.

Until next month,

Brooke

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