November 1st National Author’s Day

Now that Halloween is over it’s time to get back to the more serious side of life. Today we celebrate National Author’s Day, a day we are supposed to write to our favorite author and tell them how much we like their work. Now writing is a lonely job, unless you write with someone else which most authors do not do.

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The day was started by Nellie Verne Burt McPherson of Bement, Illinois who had read Irving Bacheller’s “Eben Holden’s Last Day Fishin.” For some reason she was laying in a hospital bed after World War 1 (I found no reason why) reading his book when she suddenly felt the urge to write him a letter and tell him how much she enjoyed it. He sent her back another autographed book and she in turn went to her Women’s Club and suggested they set up a day to honor authors. They did, and sent it on to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs who also accepted the day, November 1st 1928.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized the day in 1949. But other than Women’s Clubs the day seemed to go unnoticed by the rest of America. Finally in 1968, Sue Cole, brought the idea back up and it has been celebrated every November 1st since then.

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It use to be that large publishing houses decided what books hit the market and what books didn’t. Today the large publishers hardly even exist anymore. If they do pick up a writer, they charge them back for every book printed that doesn’t sell. Most authors today would truly love to hear from you, particularly if you include a check with your letter. Most books, which come out in the millions every year, are self-published. Most never go anywhere because there is more expense to marketing the book than there is in printing it.

How to celebrate – Write to your favorite author. Better yet, buy their books. Check out all the new releases on Amazon, it will take you several days though to read through them.

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