Besides buying the book, there are several others ways to support an indie author without even spending a dime. The publishing world is not what it used to be and thousands of books are spewed out of the printer on a daily basis. How can you keep up as a reader? And how can an author ensure not to get buried under this growing pile of new books? Is your friend an indie author and are you looking for ways to help him/her?
Here’s a list of things you can do in support.
- Buy the book
- Leave a book review on Amazon or Goodreads – preferably both
- Reviews help to get a book noticed. The more reviews, the better.
- Share your review with a link to the book on social media
- Review their book on your blog
- Add their book to your Goodreads list
- Engage with their blog (by leaving comments and sharing blog posts for example)
- Follow the author on social media and share his/her tweets, Pins, Facebook posts, etc.
- Sign up for their email list.
- Tell friends and family about it, ask them to buy the book
- Get the book as gifts for others
- Read it for your book club
- If your company or school hosts a book fair, ask them to include your friend’s book(s)
- When people ask about your favorite books or authors, don’t forget to mention them.
- Post a selfie with the book on social media with a nice comment and tag the author. This will make their day!
- Contact the author directly. Send them an email or letter, letting them know your thoughts about your book. Believe me, that will brighten their day too.
- In 2013 I received an envelope from a student who had read my first published book (published under my real name, Lila is my penname), and I have kept that letter. Reading her words warmed my heart. That letter is safely stored in a paperback copy of that book)
Any of the above are a great help and they do not cost a thing, except for buying the book, but most books have the price of a cup of coffee, so it’s not a huge expense 😉
Thank you for visiting my blog post and wanting to support an indie author!