Gift Guide for the Writers in Your Life
Here, just in time, is our Chenille Books 2018 Holiday Gift Guide. Although, let’s face it, it’s always the right time to get your favorite writers presents, the holiday season provides us even more incentive. Because we apply ourselves every day at Chenille Books to working with and supporting writers, we feel we’ve got some insight into picking out gifts for the writers you know. (If you are a writer yourself, share the list with your loved ones!)
We’ve put together a curated selection of gifts to consider snapping up for the people in your life who’ll appreciate them. Prices are in US Dollars. (The third item in our Gift Guide will cost you nothing, yet will mean sooo much to the independent writers in your life! And check out the PS at the end, for another limited-time free offer for writers!)
Small and Wonderful Gifts
L. M. Montgomery Quotable Notable
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild offers numerous “Quotable Notable” die-cut cardboard figures of well-known authors, including L. M. Montgomery, whose Anne of Green Gables series made her famous. Other authors include Gertrude Stein, Franz Kafka, Zora Neale Hurston, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Kurt Vonnegut, and Edith Wharton. Each packet also includes a sticker sheet with quotations and images to spice up a journal or desk. $3.50 each and four for $12 from Unemployed Philosophers.
This Girl Is Mighty pencils
A box of high-quality pencils, each embossed with “THIS GIRL IS MIGHTY” Pencils come in violet, mint green, or bright pink, with a combination box available. $14.61 Made in Germany, Shipped from the UK. Shipping to NYC estimated at $5.31
The Gift that Is Small and Huge at the Same Time
Write Some Online Book Reviews
No link for this one, because for this gift, your online destinations are entirely up to you.
This gift costs you nothing except about five minutes of your time. Give the precious gift to authors of an online review. Are you familiar with the term “social proof”? The independent authors in your life – whether you’ve ever met or not – can always use more of it. The more reviews a book has, the more likely strangers to it will take a chance on picking up copies. Amazon and Goodreads reviews have the most impact statistically, but choose your favorite authors and vendors as you see fit.
Importantly, your review can be short and to the point. Wax rhapsodic if you choose, but you’ll help out the writers you admire by simply jotting a sentence or two into the appropriate section at the online vendors you prefer. Truly, something as plain as,“I really enjoyed this book, and will recommend it to my friends” can work well, if you’re short on time. Throw in five stars, and you’re golden. Add a link to the product’s sales page on one or more of your social media platforms, and you’ll make a writer’s day!
Books as Gifts
You might think that writers don’t need any more books, but you’d probably be wrong about that. Take a look at these examples of useful additions to almost any writer’s library. Don’t let your recipient’s lack of shelf space deter you, either; they are available in ebook or audiobook as well as print formats.
The Artist’s Way
Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way is a classic for good reason. The book rewards periodic revisiting, each time offering new ideas and insights. Writers themselves are works in progress and Cameron celebrates this reality. Available in hardcover, paperback, and audiobook formats from online retailers.
The Business of Being a Writer
Jane Friedman’s The Business of Being a Writer is an up-to-date compendium on all the aspects of writing and publishing that can often feel foreign to the writers in your life. From a guru in all things publishing, this is an essential book, especially for writers who don’t feel they have much of an interest in the business side of the creative life. $25.00 paperback. Also available in hardcover and ebook formats from online retailers.
FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers
A M Carley’s FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers is a handbook and resource for all kinds of writers. Even though it’s written by the founder of Chenille Books, we immodestly include FLOAT in our holiday gift recommendations. Suitable for writers from woo-woo to pragmatic, introverted to extroverted, quiet to exuberant, contemplative to active, this book offers mindful interventions to help writers become unstuck. Includes over 80 tools, and a comprehensive method for applying them to cases of stuckness or creative block. Includes free online guide with helpful audio recordings. Paperback $14.95 and ebook $7.99 from online retailers and Central Virginia bookstores.
Gifts of Wall Art
Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Mapped
Jane Austen fan on your gift list? For aficionados of Persuasion, this item from the gift guide will make a special present. High-quality archival print on good paper, this poster maps out the locations – from Bath to Lyme – for all the scenes in the novel, with annotations and commentary. $15.94 from Etsy for A4 size with free shipping to US. Larger A3 size also available.
Punctuation Wall Art
Do you know how seriously some writers take their punctuation? Or do you wish the writers in your life paid a little more attention to their endashes and semicolons? From Grammatical Art, an enterprise with clear opinions about punctuation marks, you can get an archival print made of this or a variety of other marks. $17.00 for an 8×10 inch print with free shipping in the US. Other sizes and a digital download option are also available.
Gifts In Support of Writing
Not suitable for vegans, this embossed buffalo leather hand-bound journal offers acid-free cotton paper (no trees involved) thick enough to welcome any kind of ink. $34.95 from Moonster.com
A Month of Daily Book Marketing Ideas from Hey-Sarah.com
Give yourself or the writer in your life an inspired and timely present this holiday season. Experienced book marketer Sarah Christensen Fu has created a special offer, “30 Days of Great Marketing: A Customized Marketing Plan to Help Writers Connect with Readers.” As Sarah describes it, “this is a strategic 30-day plan created for an author with a marketing action to take each day. What authors learn during these 30 days will last a lifetime as they continue to build their audiences.” Details and order form are here. $50 from Hey-Sarah.com
Coloring Books for All Ages from Jeanne S
Coloring is now recognized as a simple and enjoyable way out of a creative block. These two coloring books, from Jeanne S, offer a choice of mandalas or butterflies. Making Art with Mandalas provides the line art, ready to be colored, while Making Art with Butterflies offers a more unconventional coloring experience, where more creative choices can be made on the fly (ahem). $15 each from Amazon.
FLOAT Cards for Writers
Chenille Books founder A M Carley invites you to, “Pick a card! My deck of FLOAT Cards for Writers is a go-to for solo writers, who sometimes feel at a loss for words – or motivation – in a writing project. The FLOAT cards let you draw on your own inner resources, and the wisdom of many who’ve come before.” An online guide is included with purchase, with ideas for using the cards in writer groups, classrooms, and workshops. The deck provides 52 ways to revitalize a creative practice. $19.99 from Chenille Books.
PS – Just Announced! I’m offering a limited-time GIFT of a One Next Step Session for writers who’d like some focused attention and brainstorming on the one creative problem that’s bugging them right now. Completely free of charge. Details here
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