5 More Things you can do for an Author

Day 11:  Send them a photo of their books!  See your favorite author’s book in a library or bookstore?  Pull out that smart phone and send them a picture.  Believe me, nothing makes a writer’s heart sing like seeing their work out in the world.  And don’t forget to post that same photo on your social media pages!

Day 12: Attend their events, virtual or in person.  There is nothing worse than hosting an event that no one except your mother attends.  And sometimes even your mother is busy!  Make your favorite author’s day by coming to their signings, asking questions, and sharing your enthusiasm.  While you’re at it, bring a friend! I promise, we don’t bite, and many of us give out bribes. (Oops, I mean prizes!)

Day 13:  Preorder their book!  Does your favorite author have a book coming out in a few months?  Don’t wait until launch day to get it, preorder it! Bookstores LOVE preorders.  They are more likely to order extra copies of a book that they know already has fans waiting to buy it, meaning there will be more copies of the book on the shelf, which means greater visibility, which means greater sales, which means… Well, you get the idea.  Plus, you get bragging rights for being the first kid on the block who owns it!

Day 14:  Share their Facebook Posts.  Facebook is a funny creature.  It chooses what to show based on popularity of posts and, in the case of author pages, how much the author pays to have it seen.  On an author page, unless the post is shared, liked, and otherwise loved, Facebook may only show it to 1% of the fans of the page!  Don’t let your favorite author yell in a vacuum or spend all of their Valentine’s candy money to get their message out!  Share liberally anything you see from them that tickles your fancy!

Day 15: Sign up to follow their blogs.  Every time I post a blog article, I think of the old 
tree-in-a-forest joke.  If a blog posts in the internet wilderness and nobody reads it, does it really exist? Your favorite author probably blogs somewhere, and they likely have something interesting to say.  Most of them have “subscribe” or “follow” buttons on their blog’s site.  Follow them!  You never know what wondrous surprises await!  You can sign up for Tracey's blog at http://www.wholelifeyoga.com/blog/

And just click on Follow This Blog on the sidebar to follow mine.


Comments

Wonderful, wish many people would do as you suggest, that would be great :0)
Of course I didn't come up with all these ideas, but like you it would be great if our readers would do some of them.
All wonderful tips. I hope many of our readers see and actually take that good advice.
Linda Thorne said…
I went to a session yesterday where an author talked about how he got his short stories in the BIG anthologies and in Alfred Hitchcock. I know they love those who show up for such events, but some things I hadn't thought of until I read this. Like taking a picture of their book in a book store or some place else and sending it to them. Neat ideas.
Thanks Jackie and Linda for leaving a comment. It would be nice if readers would even do one or two of the suggestions I've been postin.g

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