It’s only now that I am in the writing and publishing sphere that I understand the importance of supporting authors. For a change, I was not asked for a free copy of my book. Instead, this absolute stranger asked how she could help me. So far I was only asked about getting free copies of my book, so I have a solid answer ready. But when asked how she could help me, that took me by surprise. I didn’t know what to say so I just fumbled a meek response that maybe she could buy my book and review it. Whether she buys my books or not this sure got me thinking how important it is that we support the authors whose books give us company on many occasions.
Here are a few ways in which you can help your favorite authors and your writer/author friends:
Buy the book
Please stop asking for free copies of the book or looking for a site for free download or buying the pirated versions. It takes months if not years to write a book and don’t discount all the time they spend writing instead of with their family and friends.
With e-books now; you don’t have the excuse that the books cost a whole lot, or that they take up space or are heavy to carry around. You’ll be surprised to know that unless the author is already big, it’s most likely that they aren’t making any money off of their books. At least not enough for them to live off it. Buying their books is the biggest thing you can do to support your favorite author.
Write a review
Coming close to actually buying the books, is reviewing them. Online reviews matter a lot. It doesn’t have to be a book report or a deep dive into what you like and what you didn’t. Just a few sentences are enough. Make sure you leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and another book-buying site from where you have bought your copy.
Promote it on social media
We are all on some social media platform or the other. A friend of mine bought my book and posted it on the social media. It’s a great way to get more people to know about the book. And a few lines of recommendation with the link to purchase the book never hurt anyone.
Recommend it to family and friends
The next time someone asks you for a book recommendation, remember to tell them about the book and also ask them to review it.
Gift it to your clients, colleagues, and friends
We have a lot of occasions to buy gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, farewells, business events. Books make a perfect gift even if you don’t know their specific taste in books. If the author is your friend, you can even get the books personalize to add that something extra.
Read it in your book club
If you can recommend a book to your book club and decide on reading it, it’s as good as buying those many copies. Book clubs are one of the favorite places authors like to hang out. You can even get your favorite author to meet your book club in person or via the magic of the internet (Skype, Hangout, YouTube Live).
You’ll find that there are more than just these ways to support your favorite authors. I would love to hear some of the ways how you support your favorite author. So, leave me a comment below with your suggestions.