26 Ways You Can Get Me To Read And Love A Book

And talk to everyone about it forever

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Things you write about

  • You write about DC.
  • You write about Hollywood.
  • You write about doomed love.
  • You write about long-ago lost love that has a chance of being found again.
  • You write about ballet.

Things the author can’t control (I’m sorry!)

  • I hear it talked about all over the place.
  • One of those places is All The Books!, the podcast by Book Riot.
  • It has a pretty cover (I know, I know).
  • It has a bright pink cover.
  • It’s a bargain.

Interactions with the author

  • I tweet you and you respond in some way.

Past experience with the author

  • I loved your last book — though not in a 10/10 kind of way because then I’ll just be scared it won’t be as good and I’ll be sad.

An idiosyncratic Claire thing — we’ll call thing the West Wing test.

  • You are in any way associated with The West Wing.
  • You are a West Wing fan.
  • Someone who is a West Wing fan recommends your book.


  • An author whose work I like tweets about your book.
  • An author whose Twitter personality I like tweets about your book.
  • A friend mentions your book more than once.
  • A friend whose opinion I trust because we have similar tastes or they are smart or funny or a romantic mentions it once.


  • The reviews praise the quality of the prose.
  • The reviews say it’s an easy read.


  • People say you are a lovely person.

And a slightly random one that doesn’t fit easily into any other category

  • I get it early as an ARC, and in particular my own print copy. The privilege of that makes me feel giddy and important and valued. And with great power, as we know, come great responsibility.

Editor of WALK WITH US: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives; author of the novel UNSCRIPTED and of CONQUERING BABEL: a Practical Guide to Learning a Language.

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