Holiday gift ideas for writers and readers

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a writer (or reader) in your life, try one of these ideas!

If you live near Austin, Texas…
Delight your favorite writer with a ticket to my workshop at the Writing Barn on the Logic of Storytelling. This is a craft-focused class that gives writers a tool set to address common narrative problems in any project. Note that there is a cap on the number of students allowed in this class.

If you live anywhere in the United States…
Email me proof that you bought a copy of one of my books (a receipt or shipping confirmation), and I’ll mail you a personalized bookplate, signed and addressed to your recipient of choice. Getting one of these signed book plates is totally free. All you need to do is, at some point before December 31, email me at with proof of purchase, mailing address, and name of the person you’re giving my book to.

If you live anywhere in the world…
I’m teaching a three-hour online course on What Writers Need to Know About the Publishing Business. I’ll be explaining into the business side of being a writer: how to understand contracts and royalty statements, how to foster positive relationships with editors and publicists, what is expected from you at each stage of the publishing process, etc. This online class is run through the Writers League of Texas but is available to writers anywhere. Note that there is a cap on the number of students allowed in this class (and last time I offered it, it did sell out).

Finally, I’m offering a limited number of manuscript critiques this holiday season, exclusively for writers of children’s and young adult manuscripts. If you want to give one of these critiques, contact me at Each critique is for up to 3,000 words (roughly 10 manuscript pages) and is priced at $80. If you purchase a manuscript critique, I’ll send you a printable gift certificate so that your loved one has something exciting to unwrap on the holiday! If you want any more information on my editorial work so you can decide whether this is a good gift for the writer in your life, check out my editorial website, the Book Engineer.

I hope these suggestions make your holiday gift giving a little bit easier, and I hope your writer friends and family members love receiving them!