Become a Patron of the Arts: Support your Favorite Author

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What’s the best book you’ve ever read? Was it a bestseller—the kind of book you find facing the aisle at the airport bookstore? Or was it a sleeper novel—one not so many folks have discovered?

What about your second favorite? Your third? Your fifth and tenth and twentieth? Unless you only read wildly popular and enormously successful authors, chances are at least one of the authors you just thought about is struggling these days.

If you’re a writer, you probably already know this. Even novice, pre-published authors are aware of the headlines—declining sales, dipping royalties, closing bookstores, shrinking advances. But if you’re one of those intelligent, sane people who spends his evenings grilling burgers and playing catch with his kids instead of tapping your dreams into a laptop one gut-wrenching word at a time, then you might not understand what we, the terminally insane novelists, are going through.

Suffice it to say, it’s a treacherous road. Since none of us is writing against our will, I’ll spare you the details. We could all choose to do something else. Theoretically.

So think back to those favorite authors. If you want them to keep writing, you might need to be proactive about supporting them. No, I’m not asking you to send money—not directly, anyway. Here’s a quick list of what you can do to support your favorite authors.

Stop by to see the top 10 list.

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