While hosting a podcast with authors from WildBlue Press it’s clear that there are easy ways to support authors and their books. Interviewing seasoned best-selling authors indicates that no matter what level of success they have achieved, they are always under the influence of the reader.
So how much clout do you think you have as a reader of books? If you’re a reader, you are the reason that writers write!
Don’t just read a book, put it away, or give it to your friends, savor the moments it took to bring the story to you in the first place and help support the author that gave you hours of pleasure.
Click #1 Buy!
No matter what format is your favorite, there are several ways to buy the book. If you prefer a hard copy, buy from an online bookseller like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or, better yet, directly from indie publishers like WildBlue Press. Most authors will offer signed copies directly from their websites to add to your collection.
Local bookstores may carry books by your favorite author, but what if they don’t?
You can request to order in copies provided they are within the distribution guidelines for that store. It’s a great way to support future books from the author and help them get copies on to the shelves.
Ebooks and audio books are found in several formats, easily downloaded to your preferred device and are usually less expensive.
Click #2 Share!
All authors, whether established best-sellers or first timers, appreciate your personal word of mouth advertising. It doesn’t take but mere seconds to share a link to the book with your fans and followers on Twitter and Facebook.
If you belong to a book club or group page where discussions are held, recommend your favorite author’s book to the other members who may not have heard of it yet. Turn them on to something new!
A Publisher’s Weekly recent article on publishing and book marketing states, “….16% of adult book buyers said that they heard about a new fiction title via word-of-mouth last year, the most frequently cited means of book discovery.” This is quite impressive when compared to the impact of television which has been losing it’s clout in recent years according to the article.
Tell somebody when you’ve read a good book and help support that author’s future as a writer!
Click #3 Review!
In this new world of publishing, and self-publishing, a review holds more value to an author than ever. Unfortunately, not all reviews are that easy to get. It’s great to be reviewed by the New York Times or any big city publication, but for the average author, it’s just a dream.
Readers can assist authors by taking a brief minute to write a review online easily showing support for the author and their book. A review not only allows new readers to know how you felt about the book, characters or story lines, but also can influence their buying decision. Your opinion does count!
So there you have it, one, two, three clicks away from promoting your favorite author!
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