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National Author’s Day

National Author’s Day celebrates writers of books.

A book can be like a drug; it can help escape from the stresses of life, albeit temporarily. This is precisely why all of us have a book or an author we can’t get enough of.

To celebrate the enormous accomplishment of writers in attracting audiences so deeply, National Author’s Day is celebrated every year. Read on to learn more about how you can celebrate this day and much more!

When is National Author’s Day?

National Author’s Day is celebrated on November 1 every year.

National Author's Day


Dive into the FAQs and fun facts below to enhance your knowledge about the day.

Who is considered to be an author?

An author is simply a writer who writes articles or books to be published.

Where did National Author’s Day come from?

In 1928, Nellie Verna, a member of the Illinois Women’s Club, wrote to Irving Bachelor, appreciating her short stories. The story was named “Eben Holden’s Last Day A’Fishin” and Irving sent back an autographed copy of another one.

Amazed by his kindness, Ms. McPherson lobbied the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to celebrate a day honoring authors. Eventually, in 1949, the US Department of Commerce officially made November 1 National Author’s Day.

How do people celebrate National Author’s Day?

There are a lot of ways to celebrate the day. For one, you can encourage an author you like by writing a heart-felt review or a message to the author.

You can also buy a book from your favorite author or borrow it from the library, spending the day reading. Or, you can try out a new book from an unknown author, sharing it with your friends too.

If possible, you can offer to be a beta reader for an author or send them a letter of appreciation. Finally, you can read a book to your children or partner or share your favorite one on social media.

What other book and author related celebrations are there?

Some other related celebrations in the US include Library Lovers Day, National Comic Book Day, National Novel Writing Month, National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, Audiobook Appreciation Month.

How can an author get published?

In traditional publishing methods, the author is required to sign a contract with a publisher. The publisher then publishes and sells the book through booksellers and retailers. Additionally, the publisher buys the rights for the book, and the author gets royalties from the sales.

Fun Facts

James Joyce did not visit Ireland after turning 30. He did so because he needed to distance himself from his subject to write about it. He went to Italy in 1904 with his future wife Nora, and this is also the year Ulysses is based.

Toni Morrison was in her 30s when she joined a writing club for fun. There, she wrote about a black girl who wanted blue eyes, which evolved into her novel The Bluest Eye.

Jack Kerouac never learned to drive, primarily because he didn’t need to for the first half of his life. After that, he traveled by bus or relied on his best friend, Neal Cassady, to drive.

Kafka couldn’t finish any of his works, including Amerika, The Trial, and The Castle. Instead, after his death, Kafka’s best friend, Max Brod, sunk into configuring what he left behind.

George Orwell borrowed the plot for his novel 1984 from the book We. Upon initially reviewing it, he called it a “rather weak and episodic plot” but found it relevant to his situation.

Zadie Smith spent over two years writing the first twenty pages of On Beauty. After that, however, she just needed five months to complete the rest of her novel.

In the 1920s, Fitzgerald received over $55,000 according to today’s money for a single short story. His publications included The Saturday Evening Post and Scribner’s, and the best-paying books were The Bridal Party and Babylon Revisited.

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Author Jokes

What’s it like to be an aspiring author?
It isn’t easy to put into words.

What do you get when you cross a writer with a deadline?
A spotless house.

Why are writers always cold?
They’re surrounded by drafts.

What do you call an author who doesn’t follow the rules of sentence structure?
A rebel without a clause.

What’s the difference between an author and a large cheese pizza?
The pizza can feed a family of three.

Why was the dating coach jealous of the author?
They found someone even more knowledgeable about rejection.

How many Buzzfeed writers does it take to turn on an electric chair?
Ten. But number four will shock you.

What do you call an author with health insurance?

What do you get when you cross an author and a parrot?
A bird that expects 8 cents a word.

What’s the leading cause of death among new authors?

Why don’t escaped convicts make good authors?
Because they never finish their sentences.

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Riddles about Authors

What dinosaur is an author’s best friend?

What happened to the author who had bowel surgery?
He ended up with a semi-colon.

What do you call a place where everyone’s a writer?
A writer’s block.

Did you hear about the famous author who turned out to be a fraud?
His life had its prose and cons.

Did you hear about the author who became a baker?
They say he makes excellent synonym rolls.

Why don’t authors stare out of the window in the morning?
Because they’d have nothing to do in the afternoon.

What do you call the part of the city where unsuccessful writers live?
The writers’ block.

Why do authors hate the bible?
It has terrible characters; Noah is the only one with an arc.

Puns and One-Liners

Farmers would make great authors because they know how to work a plot.

You know authors are good at coding because they are really into Pro grammar.

The Prime Minister’s speechwriter has resigned. He’s speechless.

Being an author keeps me in great physical shape. I’m always running out of ideas.

Being an author is enjoyable, but the job of an editor is more re-wording.

Some authors have a hard time graphing equations because they spend too much time with the x-position.

Dyslexia didn’t stop Mark Twain from being a great author. He didn’t even suffer from it.

A writer was prosecuted for a short story he wrote. They gave him a long sentence.

Know the difference between hiring a team to write your jokes and the team of joke writers itself? One’s a cunning plan, the others a punning clan.

I wanna be a fiction writer later in life. So I’m studying journalism.

I heard about the rapper’s ghostwriter going to jail — He was behind bars.

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Quotes About Writers and Books

A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.
Eugene Ionesco

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
G.K. Chesterton

An author is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
Thomas Mann

But authors and their woes: they couldn’t be parted. Not for anything.
Naomi Wood

The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it.
Leo Rosten

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.
Robertson Davies

Authors don’t make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again, we don’t work either.
Donald Miller

Authors must spend months, years making fantasy believable in a single work while reality runs rampant and completes chaos elsewhere.
Don Roff

When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Author Sayings

Authors build their own realities, move into them, and occasionally send letters home.
David Gerrold

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
Richard Bach

Because this business of becoming conscious, of being an author, is ultimately about asking yourself, how alive am I willing to be?
Anne Lamott

Authors were shy, unsociable creatures, atoning for their lack of social aptitude by inventing their own companions and conversations.
Agatha Christie

What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
Logan Pearsall Smith

Author Captions for Instagram

Write on!

Proceed with care. Otherwise, you could end up in my novel.

You can make anything by writing.

Suffering from writer’s block.

Future Best-selling Author.

It’s cool to be an author!

All write.

We are writers. We don’t cry. And, we bleed on paper.

Putting magic into my words.

You are dangerously close to being killed off in my novel.

I believe in words!

I’m a wordsmith and proud of it.

It’s a good day to write.

Go Away – I’m writing.

Kindles have no soul.

Not now, I’m on deadline.

Write what should not be forgotten!

Funny Writer Captions

Word Nerd.

I’m plotting.

The book was better.

Avoid cliches like the plague.

The only writer to whom you should compare yourself is the writer you were yesterday.

Write, because you need to!

Team Oxford Comma.

You fail only if you stop writing!

Have faith in your writing.

The desire to write grows with writing.

Stay faithful to your words!

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Future National Author’s Day Dates

2022; November 1; Tuesday

2023; November 1; Wednesday

2024; November 1; Friday

2025; November 1; Saturday

2026; November 1; Sunday

By Mike O’Halloran

Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.


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