Wondering what to buy the author in your life (or yourself) this holiday season?
I asked author friends in the Build Book Buzz Facebook Group for their thoughts on gifts for authors; they recommended everything from a review of the author’s book to alcohol to printing services for bookmarks and postcards to a gym membership for a healthy escape from the keyboard.
Several suggested specific products, as well. I’ve incorporated some of them here along with those I uncovered through research. It’s worth noting, too, that a few of these came from a retailer I discovered when its Instagram account followed the Build Book Buzz account on that social network. Until then, I had never heard of the company. Social media can make a difference!
Here are a few fun and special ideas that are sure to generate a heartfelt “Thank you!” from any author you know.
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This one’s for the grammarian in your life.
I happen to agree with this.
The scent of an old book can rekindle many memories.
Choose Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, or Treasure Island and enjoy sweet dreams.
$17.99-24.995. Library Card Socks
Remember library cards stuck in the front of books? They’re gone, but not forgotten, when you wear these socks.
For each pair purchased, a book is donated to a community in need.
I love this case! Make sure you get the right size for the phone.
Don’t you love a good play on words?
What a fun stocking stuffer!
Some authors might need more than one.
There’s no mystery here.
For those who need the reminder.
This lovely framed poem print makes the process seem almost magical.
For the writer with a sense of humor.
These conversation-starters were designed by my author friend Flora Brown.
Want to be a character in a book? Annoy the writer.
Of course they do.
This is so pretty!
It’s the perfect stocking stuffer.
More than $20
Act quickly if you like this book folded into the shape of a teacup because there’s only one of them.
Choose from books in 13 categories.
I do this. Do you?
This classy iPhone case doubles as a wallet that can hold credit cards, a driver’s license, and cash.
Pair this with pajama bottoms and you’ve got a writing uniform.
Perfect for those marathon coffee shop sessions.
For women only; check out the pattern options for the bottoms, too.
Whether the author in your life needs to learn how to rock it on Amazon, snag cover endorsements, or learn book marketing from start to finish, there’s a thorough and helpful training program for it in our online store.
Scrivener software puts everything you need for structuring, writing, and editing long documents at your fingertips.
Oh, the books your friend can buy with a gift card!
You won’t go wrong with any of these.
What gift would you recommend (other than your own book, of course)? Add to the list in a comment.
Tip of the Month
Writing a headline for your book’s sales page on your website — or any other type of headline? Give the “Headline Generator” tool a try.
You might have to play around with it to get the results you need. And, even if you don’t get just the right headline, what the software churns out might be a good starting point, giving you something to tweak until it’s just right.
I’ve used this, and the experience has reminded me of the book cover design process: I can’t do it myself, but I know what I like when I see it.
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