1. Know why you’re doing it.
Ask yourself why you want to read more than you already do — if you can’t articulate this, or it’s not something you really want, you’re not likely to change your reading habits (or lack thereof). If you’re doing it for a parent or partner, you’ll still struggle unless you can find reasons of your own to develop a reading habit.
What do you expect to get out of increased reading? Make a list. Be aware that some of the benefits you’re hoping for might not materialize right away (e.g., you don’t get an improved vocabulary from two days of reading).
When you find yourself losing enthusiasm for daily reading, you can refer back to your reasons and benefits to help you keep going.
2. Start with baby steps.
You don’t need to read for huge chunks of time. Many people are reluctant to “sit down to read” because it’s perceived as leading to a hour or two of time gone, but you don’t need to commit that much time every time.
Set a reasonable time goal for your daily reading, something that feels right for you — fifteen minutes? Twenty minutes? Half an hour? You can help yourself with this by choosing books that don’t have painfully long chapters; some imprints, like Every Day Novels, specialize in bite-sized reading, and you can also choose to read short fiction, poetry, or essays.
Even five minutes of reading counts. It all adds up.
3. Read what you love.
You won’t read if you don’t enjoy what you read. If you find yourself making excuses to put off reading, maybe it’s the book.
If you’re not eager to read your current book, put it aside and read something else.
If you haven’t yet found what you love to read, try going out of your comfort zone a little — you might not expect to get passionately drawn into, say, a collection of essays about being a doctor or the poetry of WWI, but if you don’t sample some different books, you’ll never know what might have interested you.
4. Make it a habit.
Make time for reading at the same time (or at the same point in your schedule) each day. Some people like to read in bed before sleeping. Some people can find a little time in the morning (maybe while eating breakfast, if you’re not sitting down with family).
If morning or evening don’t work for you, you’ll need to find time during your regular day. Do you have a scheduled coffee or lunch break at work? Could you make time to stop at a coffeehouse or library or other suitable reading place on your way home? If you’re a full-time parent, maybe you could make quiet reading an everybody activity — with a little practice, even little ones can look at picture books for a short while without help.
Try to create your reading habit at a time of day that appeals to you. If you’re not at your best first thing in the morning, forcing yourself to read while grumpy and half-awake won’t do anyone any good. If you’re sluggish and ready for a nap most days after lunch, that’s probably not an ideal time to fit in some reading.
5. Do it with a friend.
Nearly everything is more fun and easier when shared. Buddy up with someone else who wants to get into a habit of daily reading, and you’ll be able to talk about it, support each other, and encourage each other when enthusiasm flags.
Making a commitment to someone else gives you a bit of accountability. Not that it’s a good idea to actively police each other on this thing — it’s not! — but just the fact of knowing that a friend expects you to do your reading might be the push you need not to skip it.
You could even make it a competition — who can go for the longest stretch without missing a reading day? The loser treats the winner to… an ice cream? Coffee? A home-cooked dinner? A clean bathroom? You choose.
6. Keep a reading journal.
Every day, write down one thing you learned (or were reminded of, or particularly liked) from your day’s reading. It doesn’t have to be profound.
Any sort of notebook will do, or a desk calendar, or use a calendar or notebook app on your phone.
Not only will this help to form your reading habit, at the end of the year you’ll have an incredible record of your year’s reading wisdom and insights.
7. Surround yourself with people who love reading.
It’s hard to work on anything when the people around you don’t value it. If the people in your life circles (family, friends, work) don’t make reading a priority, you can’t expect much support from them as you try to develop your reading habit. Unfortunately, you can’t change other people’s values, and you shouldn’t try.
What you can do is add readers to your life — consider going to library and bookstore events, joining a book club, etc. Put yourself in places where you have the opportunity to meet people who read and talk about books.
Even if your real life isn’t conducive to meeting new people, you can surround yourself with readers online. The new Communities feature from Google+ is particularly conducive to meeting new people who share your interests — come join our new Every Day Novels Community for support and then look for some communities that serve your particular reading interests (just search… whether it’s chick lit or sci fi, there’ll be people talking about it).
8. Find new ways and places to read.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, hundreds of literary magazines are literally only a Google search away. Many are free to read (but don’t forget that they take money to operate, so regular readers should make an occasional donation to help keep the stories coming). Serialized novels are apparently the next hot thing, so you’ll find those too — some by subscription, some on a donation or pay-what-you-will basis, some free. If you’re at your computer anyway, maybe reading from your desk is the way to go.
Even if you don’t have a dedicated e-reader, you can get e-reader apps for any smartphone or tablet — you only need to pick your shopping preference: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Kobo — and the world of e-books is yours. If you’ve always got your smartphone or table with you anyway, you could be reading instead of playing Angry Birds…
Drive a lot? Audiobooks may be the best choice for you. (And yes, audiobooks count as reading.)
9. Have a day (or weekend) off.
Maintaining anything every single day is hard. If you try to keep it up every single day, indefinitely and without a rest, you’re going to drop the ball at some point.
Option one is to have a scheduled day (or the weekend) off. If there’s a specific day of the week that’s super busy, or you know your weekends are chaotic compared to your weekday routine, you might want to just call it/them your day(s) off.
Option two is to have a floating freebie every week: essentially a weekly coupon or permission slip to skip your reading once. This can work better for those who don’t work regular hours and whose schedule isn’t the same from week to week — it’s hard to know in advance when a crazy day is going to come up, and the freebie can be applied whenever (but only once a week!).
10. Treat yourself.
Bribery works. Tell yourself that reading time comes with a treat, and you’ll be twice as likely to sit down and read.
Make reading itself pleasant — enjoy your book in a comfortable place, with a cup of coffee or tea and maybe a sweet biscuit or a piece of chocolate (or whatever your preferred little treat may be). Positive associations will help you want to read more in the future, so anything you can do to increase your environmental satisfaction — comfy clothes or pyjamas, a scented candle, an appealing view from your reading chair, etc. — will add to your reading habit.
Look at what you’ve achieved, and be proud of yourself. You’re a reader. Every day, no less. Take yourself out to dinner (or dancing, or to a movie) to celebrate once in a while.
The e-book edition of Lifting Up Veronica by K.C. Ball has been sent out to subscribers and is set to be released for general sale in the new year.
At this stage, we’re prepared to offer promotional copies to book bloggers and reviewers who might be interested in considering a review, article, author interview, or social media discussion. Lifting Up Veronica can best be described as literary suspense; set in 1960, it follows a sociologist making a documentary about a Christian sect known for handling snakes, and involves a very complicated relationship and a fair bit of legal wrangling.
Every Day Publishing is committed to ethical practices — promotional copies are always offered without obligation, and we accept that recipients may give an unfavourable review or choose not to review the book at all. We trust that any reviewer who accepts a promotional copy from us will clearly note that fact as part of any review or other discussion.
Please contact us if you’re interested in a promotional copy of Lifting Up Veronica. Let us know where/how you review or discuss books, and whether you need an EPUB or MOBI (Kindle) copy.
Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens‘ birth. We can learn many things from all the attention he’s (still) getting today, but two things in particular stand out:
- Fiction endures. The best stories will continue to be told. Literary style and the “rules” for good writing shift around a little, but not so much that fictional awesomeness can’t be appreciated century after century.
- Readers have always been drawn to episodic writing and serialization. Cliffhangers and anticipation weren’t invented by television, and work beautifully with the written word.
Whenever we talk to anyone new about what we’re doing with Every Day Novels and serialization, the standard response we hear is, “Oh, like Dickens, right?”
We’re proud to be carrying on this classic heritage of installment publication. Happy birthday, Mr. Dickens!
Today, Lifting Up Veronica by K.C. Ball begins serialization.
The first five chapters are free for everyone to read, so even if you haven’t already subscribed, you’re welcome to join us every day this week to give serialized reading a try. Starting next week, though, you’ll need a subscription to keep reading, but it costs about the same as a fancy latte and covers three months and an entire novel and social reading experience, plus the complete ebook is included at the end for you to keep.
Then, go ahead and subscribe.
We know you’ll enjoy reading with us.
We’re now only ten days away from the launch of our first serialized novel, Lifting Up Veronica by K.C. Ball.
Today we were excited to wake up to not one but two features about Every Day Novels:
At Underground Book Reviews, AB Riddle says: “I think this is a brilliant concept, and I’m excited to read Lifting Up Veronica using this new medium. I will share my opinion of the experience after the series ends.”
(read the full post here)
At Girl in the Soap Dish, Every Day Fiction slush reader Sealey Andrews says: “Besides being a (soft) marketing effort for the peeps I work with at EDF, and a shout out for local writer, I am behind this project as a reader as well.” (read the full post here)
It’s great to see support for this venture, this way of reading, growing in the community around us.
Are you part of a book club or writing group? Do you teach a writing or English class?
Every Day Novels offers discounted group subscriptions, starting at 10% off for groups of six or more; larger groups are eligible for deeper discounts.
Please contact us to arrange your customized group subscription; ask us about a private discussion forum and the possibility of an exclusive author chat for your group.
We’re super excited to have the site up for the world to see:
a serialized novel by K.C. Ball
There’s a special bonus sample chapter for you to read, with a spectacular large background view of Nico Photos’ artwork, and subscriptions are now on sale.
In fact, right now there’s a special launch promotion for early birds who subscribe right away — incentive to subscribe now, before the deal vanishes!
Here it is, the spectacular wraparound cover artwork for Lifting Up Veronica!
The artist is the amazingly talented Nico Photos — an absolute pleasure to work with, professional in his business dealings and prompt with deliverables, and we were blown away by his ability to listen and ask the right questions to produce exactly what was needed. His preliminary sketches were so good that we could have used one of them for the cover, and the final image goes beyond awesome, capturing everything we had hoped for and more.
We’ll need to add a few little things (like the title and author’s name and so on) to turn it into a book cover, but the artwork alone is so fabulous that we had to show it off.
We can now confirm that Lifting Up Veronica by K.C. Ball will begin serialization on Monday, January 23, 2012, and will run for 75 bite-sized chapters over fifteen weeks (a new chapter a day, Monday to Friday), concluding with the final installment on Friday, May 4, 2012.
The first five days of serialization will be available to read for free, but you’ll need to purchase a subscription to read the rest of the novel — fortunately the cost of a subscription is only US$5, hardly more than a large Starbucks latte, for over three months of serialized literary entertainment and shared reading experience with other subscribers around the world (plus an e-book to keep at the end of it all).
Subscriptions are scheduled to officially go on sale December 12th, but keep an eye on this space as we might test the system with an early bird special in advance. You have been warned.
We are delighted to announce that we will be presenting our first serialized novel
Lifting Up Veronica by K.C. Ball
tentatively scheduled for January 2012
Slightly more than a year after the concept and website launch for this project, we are finally able to make it official — Lifting Up Veronica by K.C. Ball will be Every Day Novels’ first title. We are currently working to confirm dates and timing, but we anticipate that serialization will begin in January 2012. Subscriptions will be on sale soon; watch this space or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know.
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