Happy Halloween (which was actually last night)! Happy All Saints Day! Happy Day of the Dead! And tomorrow it’s Happy All Souls Day! In many traditions, this time of year is considered the time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest.
If you happen to be reading this on publication day, which is Sunday, November 1st, then Happy National Author’s Day!
How can we celebrate this wonderful occasion?
Here’s an idea: As you’re online today, consider purchasing some books, whether they’re ebooks, or physical copies that can be delivered right to your door. By doing this, you are supporting an author while giving yourself a wonderful gift. You could choose a favorite author, or maybe someone new you’d like to experience, or perhaps someone you know who just published a book for the very first time. Do it, and support authors because we all need each other. Then post about it and be sure to tag the author and use the hashtag #NationalAuthorsDay or #ILoveAuthors. You’re doing a good deed.
It is now NOVEMBER.
I know. It’s hard to believe. In most parts of the U.S., we moved our clocks back one hour last night, too, so if you haven’t done that yet…you’re welcome. 🙂
Here are some additional national months celebrated in November that you might be able to tie your book into and therefore give them another newsworthy angle:
Family Stories Month — Thanksgiving is coming; November is the perfect time to share stories and learn about family history.
Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month — Those who have Celiac disease will appreciate your thoughtfulness of preparing some foods that are gluten-free.
Military Family Month — November is dedicated to military families around the world and recognizes the commitment and dedication these families make to their service members.
National Adoption Month — November is set aside to raise awareness and increase outreach concerning the need for permanent families across America and the world.
National Diabetes Month — November focuses on making healthy changes and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes
National Family Caregivers Month — This month recognizes the dedication of family members who provide round the clock care to loved ones.
National Fun with Fondue Month — I couldn’t resist mentioning this one. Do people still “do fondue?” Here’s a recipe to check out with a video. You just have to get through the initial ad.
National Gratitude Month — Research has shown that gratitude can enhance our moods, decrease stress, and drastically improve our overall level of health and wellbeing.
National Inspirational Role Models Month — No matter your age, gender, or stage of life, having someone who inspires you to be the best version of yourself is always a positive thing. Your book may be a good model for others!
And…this is a biggie… It’s National Novel Writing Month.
Have you heard about NaNoWriMo? This month is dedicated to writers taking time out of each and every day to start and finish writing a novel in just one month. That’s 30 days!
The whole idea behind this is to have some fun and not take it so seriously. It’s an opportunity to release your inner muse, meditate on creativity, and then let loose on the keyboard or do it old school with a notebook and pen.
The goal? Take a fun and creative approach to writing, while at the same time giving it a time limit to make sure you finish what you start! You could start today!
November is big, but notice I didn’t mention the election or the pandemic. You already know plenty about those issues and you don’t need me to tell you! Here and in Savvy Sunday News we talk about books, the publishing industry, book publicity, and book marketing. Here’s to the wonderful inroads you’re making with regard to your writing, books, and your business.
To your success!
P.P.S. Hat tip to my awesome web designer, who will rock out to this all weekend. Thank you for being so awesome, Kim!