“You’re riding high in April, show down in May…”
So Frank Sinatra sang in his 1966 hit song “That’s Life.” I’m not sure that’s why May was chosen as Author’s Appreciation Month (I wasn’t asked to be on that committee), but it’s as good a reason as any. Writers are basically moving targets for everything from critical tomatoes to sour grapes.
But as I have often said, perhaps too often: I’d rather be the brave person on the stage getting pelted with tomatoes than the coward in the audience throwing them.
So here are five ways readers can reach out and show their favorite authors some much needed and probably well deserved respect. In fact, giving them any attention at all will be warmly welcomed. We get pretty lonely out there…
Basically, what writers need more than anything is a reason to keep writing. Hope is priceless, and any one of these acts of kindness will provide that for them. Okay, us.
As the next line of the song goes: “But I know I’m gonna change that tune, when I’m back on top in June…”
PHOTO: WILL VIHARO
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