Support an Author, or Several, in Three Easy Steps

Did you know, that even a few small things can really help an author increase her following? It’s true! Authors publish their work in hopes that our stories might touch someone else and bring them a laugh, or remind them of a happy moment, or help them feel less alone in the world. You can help and you never know who might really need to read that book, or story, or poem. Words are powerful.

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As I am three short weeks out from publication date on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, here are three quick suggestions:

1) Like your favorite authors’ social media posts AND comment using at least four words. You could write: I love this post @famousauthorilove! or Thank you for sharing this @superamazingauthor! or something like that. Doesn’t have to be long, but four words or more is a great start to catch the old algorithm genie’s attention.

2) Add your author’s books to your GoodreadsWant to Read” shelf so your bookworm besties might also think about reading the book. If you have any other lists of books which others, besides your cat as she wanders your night stand, might see, add it (them) there, as well.

3) Write an honest review about the book, even if you’re not quite finished reading it. You can still weigh in and encourage others to read it. This brilliant Brevity blog post from Allison K. Williams is filled with great ideas on how to write a review that won’t take you weeks to compose. According to Williams, who knows a thing or two-billion about books, 7–10 minutes is plenty of time to write a quick review.

1, 2, 3. See, that wasn’t so bad! If you want to do more, by all means do. I have included other suggestions in some of my recent blog posts so you can always look back at those or revisit my post about being a good Literary Citizen.

The bottom line is that in 2021 if you’re not with a big publisher (and apparently, sometimes even if you are) the bulk of the promotion falls to the writer, And by bulk, I mean, like all of the bulk-item containers at your health food store dumped into one. Bulky bulk.

There you have it. Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting authors. We appreciate you!