How do you support an author? Many ways, but they boil down to three overall categories: Buy, Tell, Forgive.
One – Buy.
Buy their books! It’s the simplest category. I’m not saying that you have to spend fifty dollars on the hard-back/super-high-def/whatever edition. Grab the e-copy for a few bucks. Occasionally, authors and publishers will offer certain books at a discount. Did I mention that my first novel is a free download right now? 😉
Two – Tell.
A) Tell other people. Did you like the book? Did it make you think? Did it make you laugh, cry, jump at the sound of the wind brushing a tree branch against your window? Tell someone. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, word-of-mouth is the highest form of advertising. If you liked it enough to remember to bring it up in conversation, that’s huge.
B) Tell the author. If an author has included an email address, Twitter handle, etc., take 30 seconds to send them something that says “hey, liked your book.” We authors sometimes feel like we’re writing for nobody. Is anyone even reading these things? Okay, we’ve got sales. Yay! But, are the books actually being read? Or are they just landing on a shelf somewhere to collect dust? We worry about things like that. A random message to let us know that you enjoyed it means more than we can tell you. Follow us, friend us, email us. We’d love to hear from you!
C) Tell the internet. Leave a review. Please, please, please leave a review! Did you know that some (many) bookstores won’t carry your book until you have a certain number of reviews? This is especially important for the authors of small publishers. Hop on Amazon and give it a star rating, and add a few words for a review if you have the time. We’re not asking for you to write your own mini-novella to review our novels.
Three – Forgive.
Please, forgive us. We’re emotional, and sometimes a little neurotic. When we get a great review, or a glowing email from a fan, we can brag about it until your ears fall off. When we have a special promotion going on with our books, we can do self-advertising until you’re tired of seeing it. (Like me offering you the link to my free download twice in one blog post.) When we hit the wall that is writer’s block, we can be very grumpy and not much fun to be around. We can go through spells where we blog so often you want to set your email to block us, and then we disappear for no apparent reason. Collectively, we’re sorry about these things. We know that we do them, but we can’t seem to help it. Please forgive us.
If you’re reading this, chances are excellent that you’ve done at least one of the above. Thank you for the support!