First Five Things a Reader can do for an Author
I borrowed these ideas from Tracy Weber. She came up with a list of 50, but I decided to share only a few at a time, and pick the ones I liked best. So here goes:
“Shelving” your favorite books gives them more visibility to other readers. Goodreads even has a way to automatically add the books you purchased on Amazon!
Love Amazon or hate them, they are a key player in book sales, and reviews help your favorite authors rank higher in the search engines. Some promotional opportunities are only available to authors if they have a certain number of reviews.
Most of the authors I know make essentially no money on their writing. (Sad, but true!) So why do we write? For our readers! Drop your favorite author a line and tell them you appreciate their work. Facebook message, e-mail, a tweet with their hashtag. Believe me, you will make their day!
Librarians are in the business of matching readers with work they will love, but they can’t read everything. Tell them about your favorite author’s work and what you love about it. Point out the cover if it’s already on the shelves. The more a librarian knows about a book, the more likely they are to recommend it to patrons that might enjoy it.
Facebook is a lovely community-builder, but it only shows a very small fraction of the posts written on author pages (considerably less than 5%). So how can an author best communicate with her most loyal fans? Via a newsletter! If you go to your favorite author’s web page, they may have a link to their newsletter. Join and be sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun! Tracy's newsletter is here:
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And of course, the primary thing you can do is purchase the author's book. My latest is: