Thursday, December 10, 2020

The 12 Ways of Christmas to Gift an Author

by Julie Lavender @JLavenderWrites

Want to be a not-so-secret Santa for fellow writer friends? Here’s 12 Ways of Christmas to gift an author. Pick a friend (or more than one friend) with a recent release and give one or more of the gifts below. Or, pick a dozen author friends and share one gift with each author. 

Here’s the list, along with a verse about generosity to go with each one! 

1. Locate the author’s new book on Goodreads and click “want to read.” 

You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings. Deuteronomy 15:10

2. Ask a local bookstore to carry the author’s book. 

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure – pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. Luke 6:38

3. Purchase the author’s book in a local bookstore, or order the author’s book, digital or print. After reading the book, add the book to your personal collection, share with your church’s library, or give it away to a friend to read, also. 

But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also. 2 Corinthians 8:7

4. Sign up for the author’s newsletter. 

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 

5. Ask your church librarian to order the book. 

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 

6. Mention the book to the appropriate minister in your church. If the book is a board book or picture book, share the title with the children’s minister. Women’s fiction? Share the title with the women’s ministry coordinator. 

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

7. Send an encouraging or affirmative email or private message on social media to the author. 

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.Proverbs 3:9

8. Write a review of the book and post on Amazon, Goodreads, Books A Million, Barnes and Noble, and 

Give to everyone who asks of you. Luke 6:30

9. Post about the author’s book on your Facebook page. 

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

10. Post a message about the author’s book on Twitter. 

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 1 Chronicles 29:14

11. Post a picture of the book and message on your Instagram account. 

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him; Worship the Lord in holy array. 1 Chronicles 16:29

12. Add a mention of the author’s book on your Pinterest page. 

And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. Matthew 10:42

Enjoy the blessing of giving this holiday season. Give gifts to fellow authors, because it truly is better to give than receive! 

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good write! 


Julie Lavender, author of 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories (Revell), loves helping other authors and is grateful when fellow writers bless her with encouragement and support. Connect with Julie on social media, and she’ll rejoice in adding another writer to her collection of friends! And she’d be especially honored if you’d consider her book when shopping for parents and grandparents on your shopping list!

Growing up in a financially strapped, South Georgia farming family, Julie Lavender learned to appreciate small yet meaningful affirmations of love when her parents found ways to visibly demonstrate their feelings. Later, when she had her own children, Julie delighted in finding creative ways to express her love for them, as well as for the children whose lives she touched through teaching school and volunteering in the children's ministry at her church.

In 365 Ways to Love Your Child, Julie encourages moms, dads, and anyone who works with children to show kids every day with simple but meaningful gestures and activities how very much they are loved. Join Julie in expressing tangible acts of love to show your kids they are valued by their parents and, most especially, by God.


  1. Julie,

    What a great series of ways to support and help other authors at this giving time of year. These ideas are not just for Christmas but something we can do throughout the year for others. Thank you,

    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

    1. Thank you for reading, Terry, and you're so right!! It's something we can and should do all year for each other! It takes a village to be an author, and I love supporting other authors! I'm glad you reminded me to keep this up, even after the "season of giving" is technically past!!

  2. Thanks for some great ideas here, Julie. You reminded me of Wednesday evenings at my grandmother's house when I was growing up in rural west Georgia. Neighbors, bringing vegetables to share from their gardens, would gather in her living room for prayer meetings. Where have such wonderful times gone? Much can be given, even in hard times.
    Jay Wright; Anderson, SC

    1. Jay, I agree about the fond memories of a simpler time! And, you're right - much can be given now, even in hard times, especially if it just involves a little of our time, but yet no financial cost! We, as authors, should be worth that to each other - taking some time to help out in these special ways!!

  3. Thanks for this great list, Julie. It's a wonderful guide that we authors can use to support each other throughout the year!

    1. You're welcome, Kay, and thank you for blessing me by taking the time to read the article!!! I love helping other writers, and it's always my joy to do so!! Blessings and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa, and Merry Christmas to you as well!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really enjoy helping other authors, and I am so appreciative when others support me! I think that's the best way for us to be inspired and encouraged is to support one another! Thanks for sharing and commenting!

  6. What great ideas to bless the authors we know and love! Thank you for these ideas!

    1. Thank you, Kathy! I love finding little ways to bless authors, and I love all the treats fellow authors share with me!!

  7. What great ideas! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you for reading! I appreciate the comment, and Merry Christmas to you, too!

    2. Thank you for reading, Deena! I appreciate that and the comment! I really enjoy supporting other authors! Merry Christmas to you, also!!

  8. Love the list from the queen of compiling good ideas!