Like any community, we have our problems. People who seem intent on making trouble, or who give writers a bad name, or who seem intent on being official naysayers. But for the most part, writers are AWESOME people.
But even the awesomest of folks need support.
You can mentor someone with less experience, provide critiques of manuscripts, query letters, and synopses, provide a shoulder (virtual or real) to cry on when the inevitable rejections roll in, buy books, rate/review books, comment on blog or Facebook posts, share tweets, share resources, offer advice (when it's asked for), share your story, judge contests, and a host of other things.
I've gotten some really wonderful reviews and fan letters in the past couple of weeks for CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN. I can't begin to tell you what that kind of support means!! A giant THANK YOU!!! to all who took the time to do so.
Speaking of support, have you voted yet for the GoodReads Independent Book Bloggers Award? Book bloggers are wonderfully supportive of writers, why not check out the list? Maybe you can support one whose work you enjoy...or maybe you'll find a new blog to follow!
Personally, I voted for Girl Who Reads who has been incredibly supportive of CONFESSIONS and who has a killer blog. Even if you don't vote for her, I highly recommend you check it out.
Tell Me Killer Friends: What kind of support do you most need? Who is your greatest source of support? How do you support writers?
My special thanks to my critique partners for being so wonderfully supportive:
Cynthia Valero: http://tenminuteuniverse.blogspot.com/ Check out her quick fiction!
Jennifer Colgan: http://jennifercolgan.com/ Read her books!