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What is PPIF?

I call it Project Pay It Forward and I focus on it on most Fridays.…It came from a summer afternoon, daydreaming (okay, fretting) about my future as an author.

I asked myself, how can any author become a huge success? What is the measure for my own success?

I’m a huge believer in what comes around goes around (sing it Justin).

I’ve been writing seriously for six years now. Getting established as an author takes time and effort and I love every moment of it. It’s an exciting time to be a writer, too. The publishing world is changing fast, new doors open every day as others slam shut. All this change creates  far more complicated possible answers for my questions.

After much soul searching, I’ve come to believe, you must first be willing to give that which you hope to receive. For example, we cannot know love until we learn how to give love. How can I ask for or hope for that which I don’t know how to give?

I’m not just an author, I’m first and foremost a voracious reader. It began with Johanna Lindsey migrated to Anne Rice then toward Julia Quinn.

I decided before I can ask for the kind of success I dream of, I must first do all I can to give it to another. I find the authors who speak most deeply to me as a reader then share their gorgeous reads with every last person who will listen. I follow their tours, go to their signings, give their books for gifts. I join their tribe. Okay, okay. I stalk them. Sort of.

So, what does that mean for you?

My rules are: I only stalk the authors of books I desperately love, who are also debut authors. It means I share the wealth. Whenever I win a contest goodie from my stalkings, I pay it forward. As I stalk, I also bring. I shall coerce and cajole my favorite authors into coming to my blog and getting us the inside news on their series.

It means I will be the fan I love to have most. Fans like you who are reading this now. Fans that my stories have spoken to deeply. There is no better reward than the connection my stories create. I know how it feels on both sides of the coin.

To see P.P.I.F. from the early days, click here.

Paying it forward goes beyond Fridays, too. You’ll find lots of guest authors here, too, answering my wacky questions and having a blast.

Eventually, the Project portion will grow into something far bigger. Eventually, I dream of linking it to a cause near and dear to me. But, in the meantime, we’ll focus on the fun.

:}Amber Scott



6 responses »

  1. Love the explanation, and of course I’m checking out your site during my lunch. I’m on the same path! Good luck in yours!

  2. I love that you pay it forward. I am desperately trying to finish my first book. And I hope that I get to the point that you’re at. I want to write and have stories within me waiting to get out but I have self esteem issues and I wrestle with them everyday. I know, just an excuse to keep me from writing. I’m great at writing on blogs, quick comments, etc. I found your blog on FB and will come back for a visit. Thank you for letting me spill my guts.

    • Ah, yes. I know that wrestle. I wish I could tell you it goes away, but really, I think we writers just each learn to ignore that inner voice that worries we’re not good enough. Keep writing! And thank you so much for stopping by.

  3. Amber, I loved reading about your wanting to pay it forward. You’re so encouraging and helpful.

    And I really hope commenter, DeeAnn, begins to believe in herself. Believing in yourself and in your stories is so important for a writer. You can do it, DeeAnn.


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