The most popular question I've gotten as an author is "What can I do to help?" I love this question because the most powerful answer is so straightforward and simple: buy my book. And if you really, really want to help? Buy multiple copies. Looking back, I spent three months writing a proposal and pitching a book, two years in coffee shops and bars writing and editing it, six months marketing it, and nearly two months on airplanes and in hotel rooms selling it. If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that publishing a book is a LOT of work. And for many authors, the entire point is to simply disseminate an idea that we feel will help people lead better lives. Before publishing my own book, I used to only buy books that I planned to read. Now, I buy books to support authors—whether I intend to read them or not. And you wanna know the best part? It's a lot less work.
PS: If you're a millennial woman don't #droptheball on actually reading Ann Shoket's The Big Life. Trust me.