7 Ways to Help Your Favorite Author

It used to be that to help your favorite author, there was one action step: buy their book.

Not so anymore.

In the new media landscape, with more authors than ever (and therefore more books than ever), authors need help from their friends. I’ve been thinking about this a lot because our book comes out very soon.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Don’t Buy their Book…Yet. Hang tight before buying their book. It only takes a couple hundred people buying a book to make it leap up on Amazon’s ranking. This yields fruit in how Amazon deals with the book and how people view it. (If you’ve not bought our book yet, please wait! We’ll give you a green light either next week or the week after (9/3 or 9/10) on our blogs and social media !)
  2. Write a review. Few things speak to people thinking about buying a book than reviews. It only takes a few minutes on Amazon and Good Reads. (For example, our goal is to get 100 reviews on Amazon. Help us out!)
  3. Connect to the author on social media. If you like them and their writing, follow along on a more frequent basis. On our Facebook page for our book, we’re going to be orchestrating a bit of fun and sharing good stuff from other writers, too, as well as news about our speaking engagements, interviews, and other writing. (Click over there and like it now.) Plus, both of us are on Twitter. @ChristineJeske shares good stuff about development, culture, and justice. @AdamJeske tweets about culture, communications, leadership, and funny stuff. We
  4. Share on social media. The most helpful thing you can do for your favorite author to is share about their work and ideas. Your friends are the kind of people who might also like the same authors, and your opinion is valuable to them. Share favorite quotes from the book. Share your review of the book. Share what questions the book answered or what problems it helps you solve. We’ll be posting lots of good stuff on our Facebook page, and we hope our friends and fans share that, too.
  5. Share in real life. The worst thing you can tell an author is, “I love your book! I’ve lent my copy to five different people!” What the author wants to hear is, “I love your book! I’ve given five copies to my friends!” Pass your copy around when that’s convenient, but if it’s worth reading, buy a copy for some friends. That will help the author get to write more of the same down the road!
  6. Use it in a book group. Gathering a group of people around a good book is great for your favorite author and for the group! Some books make this easier than others—This Ordinary Adventure has discussion questions for just such an arrangement. So gather some friends, neighbors, old college friends, people from church, or even people who are spread across the country using a tool like Groups on Good Reads.
  7. And yes, you should buy their book.

Did I miss anything? 

  • http://www.andy-moore.co.uk Andy Moore

    Use it in a book group? You know, I think we might just do that (and the other six things)!

    Sorry I pre-ordered mine already. :(

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  • http://www.heartsandmindsbooks.com Byron Borger

    You could see if you local indie (or even chain) store has it, and if not, asking them nicely to carry it. Of course if you do, and they risk their limited shelf space and cash flow to stock it, you can’t let them know that your eying it up on amazon. Tell your book group, if you need 8 copies, to buy local. Don’t “settle” for the amazon hype. Work with people who care.

  • http://domainrevival.com Sarah

    So glad your number one point was waiting to buy the book! Would be fantastic to have the customer base have a deeper understanding of how sales work as an author.. sharing this with everyone! Thanks