Authors for Authors — Terri Gillespie

Today I’m happy to welcome author Terri Gillespie to the blog with some great advice and encouragement for authors.

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” If you’re from the Baby Boomer generation, then you’re familiar with the Beatles song written by the late-John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

For most published authors, their acknowledgement page—or pages—would echo that sentiment in three-part harmony.

As writers we spend most of our time in our heads. Especially with deep writing or deadlines, we can be a bit anti-social. Family members might question our hygiene practices or wonder if they’ll ever get another homecooked meal.

Nevertheless, at some point, we need to lift our heads, take a shower, and connect with others—especially writers. Other writers are our people. They understand we “hear” voices and “see” scenes and strange places in our head.

Some may believe other writers and authors are competition. They are, but really, they aren’t. A bit of discernment is always required, because unfortunately there are those folks who have more nefarious intents. But finding a group of writers who have a wholesome and healthy attitude toward supporting one another is one of the most important things, especially for faith-based writers.

Here are some ideas:

  • Join local writers’ organizations. These days many meetings are held virtually, but at least we can regularly connect with others.
  • Writers’ retreats. Getting away to write with other writers can help with support, as well as our writing. Respect writing time boundaries, but those brainstorming sessions are so valuable.
  • Take a lunch or coffee. I have one author friend that is good about pushing me to do this. Afterward, I always feel refreshed and ready to tackle writing again.
  • Celebrate other authors’ successes on social media—even when it hurts. New books, awards, etc. Just grit your teeth and say, “Congratulations!” Eventually, you’ll mean it.
  • Support writers/authors who support us. If someone supports us, when they write a blog or book or post, like, comment, and if applicable, share.
  • Read other authors’ books and write reviews. This is a big one. After reading these books, even if you’re not comfortable writing a 5-Star review, leave a review saying what you did like about the book.

The more we participate in the lives of other authors—their successes and disappointments—the more we create a sense of camaraderie. Then, we when receive news—good or not-so-good—they’ll be others to support us.


It began as an ordinary morning for Sarah Sweeting—watching her favorite baking show, Cupcake Rivalry while getting ready for work at her Granny’s small-town bakery. All that changed when Sarah spots a contestant who looks like her, sounds like her, moves like her.

Was this her twin sister? The twin her mother ran away with twenty years ago? Were hers and Granny’s prayers finally being answered?

When Granny confirms Sarah’s shocking discovery, Granny suffers a heart attack.

Raven Souwers’ morning began at a frenzied pace—incessant ringing phones and a Beverly Hills’ bakery full of customers. All because everyone wants to catch a glimpse of the Cupcake Rivalry contestants—Raven and her best friend, Will Durning.

But a phone call from an excited woman who claims to be Raven’s long-lost twin—a sister Raven has no memory of—informs Raven that a grandmother she never knew was in the hospital.

The call changes the course of Raven’s life and brings up the pain she thought she’d overcome.

Will Sarah and Raven finally be united, or will other rivalries separate them again?

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Award-winning author, speaker, blogger, and vlogger Terri Gillespie loves nurturing women through stories of hope and supporting other authors through her Author for Authors video program. She and her husband reside in the beautiful hills of NW Georgia. Occasionally they make their way to Chicago to visit their daughter, son-in-love, and grandson.


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