Witty Writer Book Buttons

I discovered early on that a really good way to learn about becoming a mystery writer was to attend writers’ conferences and conventions. Not only did I learn a lot, but I made lots of friends and had the opportunity to meet my favorite authors as I scampered between classes and also sessions where authors talked about their careers and experiences, and I saw awards being presented and interviews and speeches being made and then there was—shopping! Shopping? What’s shopping got to do with anything? Well, let me tell you.

Conventions always have a book store so fans can purchase the books authors talk about during the event and I did plenty of that. But not all book stores only sell books. One of my favorites sells puzzles, jewelry, clothing (including T-shirts), even tea pots and book buttons!

I have a small collection of clever book buttons mounted on ribbons that hang from a shelf in my office, just to the right of my work space. Whenever I pause to think or rest, I can’t help seeing those buttons. They make me smile, bring me back to where they were purchased, remind me of those writers who have fulfilled my life with their stories and friendships. But I digress.

Topics of book buttons are as varied as the authors who create them. Some are about writing itself, while others have to do with a furry pet assistant, or perhaps the problem of owning too many books, or they may be quotes by famous people.

The following fit that category:

“But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” —Jane Austen

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” —C.S. Lewis

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”   —Jorge Luis Borges

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”  — W. Somerset Maugham

Since I write in the mystery field, cats are common in that genre.

To a cat, “No!” means “not while I’m looking.”

Cat hair is the new black.








Or catchy phrases:

Books: the original search engine.

Lit Happens!

Grammar Police: To correct and serve

Grammar Ninja

Warning! Anything you say can and may be used as dialogue in my next book.

The book was better.

Don’t judge a book by its movie.

First drafts don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be written.

Writer’s block: when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you.

Some of my best friends are fictional.

My weekend is all booked.

If you walk a mile in my shoes you’ll end up at a bookstore.

Some more of my favorite book buttons below. Do you have favorites, too?















Coco Ihle is the author of SHE HAD TO KNOW, an atmospheric traditional mystery set mainly in Scotland.

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12 responses to “Witty Writer Book Buttons

  1. Those are fun. Now I’m thinking I should spruce up my writing space.

  2. Pat Gordon

    Coco, you are a very gifted writer. Loved reading your story. I always felt fridge magnets were ridiculous. Now on my travels to Europe, I always buy a magnet or a coffee cup and this treasure reminds of my wonderful visit to that country. Keep on collecting your great “memory buttons” that bring so much joy to you.

    • Thank you so much, Pat. You’re a woman after mine own heart. I have to confess, book buttons aren’t the ONLY things I collect! I also have some fridge magnets, coffee cups, ash trays (from the old days), some ceramics and wood carvings, masks and coffeetable books of special places, that come to mind right off. I pity whoever has to go through my stuff after I shuffle off this mortal coil! Ha!

  3. Susan Coggins

    Clever. I am not a writer but totally agree with Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis.

  4. Cheryl Hilzer

    I love the buttons! Especially the one about the cat .. since I have 3.😄

    • Cheryl, I’m so glad you like the buttons. When I had my kitties, Annie used to like to sit in my lap while I was writing at the computer. Sometimes she wanted to check what I was doing, though, and it seemed like there were legs and whiskers everywhere. When I saw the “Hard Holding a Cat” button, I just HAD to have it!!! Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog!

  5. Lovely, Coco! A lot of those button comments are T-shirt worthy. Hmmm…having one made up in time for the next conference…surely a copyright can’t apply to an Austen comment; she has long since entered the public domain. Anyway, an enjoyable little piece.

    • Thank you so much, Chuck and Heidi. As a matter of fact, some of those button phrases WERE also on T-shirts. I have quite a lot of T-shirts, too. Glad you enjoyed my post, and thanks for your comment. Have fun wearing your new shirt. 🙂

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