I have come across an interesting article claiming that we lack social conventions for how to support authors.
The post looks at things from the perspective of non-fiction works but much of what its writer says applies to fiction as well.
If you are wondering how you can help a book of fiction soar, here is a short guide.
1) Buy it. Even if you originally obtained your copy by other means (perhaps won it in a giveaway or got is as a gift), buy another one if you liked reading the book. Why? Because each copy that is sold elevates the novel from the obscurity of let’s say 236 078th place of the published works a little higher. It helps others to find it. By spending an equivalent of a price of cup of coffee you help to build the book a momentum. That you don’t need two copies? We will find a use for the extra one in a minute.
2) Plug it aka pimp it. When you buy a copy why not to tell your friends on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter or wherever else you hang out online that you have just done so? If you add a couple of words to share your excitement, you help the book build its reputation. You help it to reach out to new audience.
3) Review it. Many people dread this suggestion and avoid it. But your review doesn’t have to be a long one. It can be just a couple of sentences giving your honest opinion about the book you have just read. Not only do reviews assist others to make their mind whether or not to buy the book. You also let its author know you appreciated his/ her work. And in my case, far more importantly, you let the men in the story know you like them and their tale. Yes, they do read the reviews and when we get a positive one, the sparkles in their eyes say how delighted they are.
4) Gift it. Do you know another person/ people who would like it? Give copies away as gifts. Only your budget is the limit here. The more copies you give, the more you help the book. Why should you do it? Shouldn’t the writer do it himself? Well, it is not the same. Giving away free copies doesn’t help to get the novel any higher in the list of paid books. But if you buy it and send it to somebody as a gift – yes, that helps. Giving gifts on Amazon or Smashwords is really easy these days, all it takes is a couple of clicks.
5) Talk about it. With your friends online and off line. Do you have a blog? Write a post about it. Are you active on Goodreads? Recommend it to your friends there. Or perhaps vote for it on lists it is included in. Or mention it in reader discussions in your groups there. Update your status on Facebook and say a few words about the book. Or tweet about it if short messages are more to your liking.
Whatever you decide to do, do it early enough after the book is released as the initial momentum and speed in which copies are sold influence the overall success of the book greatly.
Many of you have already helped or are helping In Blue Poppy Fields to find its readers. And both me and my benefactors thank you for all that you do.
Now let’s look at how its book release tour continues. If you haven’t yet read interviews with Sanyi and Vincent, just follow the links to take a peek in their thoughts. Later today there will be a post about Vampires and Pain. And tomorrow we will speak about Vampires and Love.
I hope you will enjoy reading the articles and will enter the giveaway for Trails of Love I Crawl Part 1 that runs through the whole duration of the tour.
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