Here are some of the top ways you can support your favorite authors (myself included) along with unrelated photographs of Chris Pratt. Most of these things are free and simple to do (even if you haven't bought the book) but they can still have a great impact, especially for new authors, or authors in very narrow genres. Many of these things may not seem like a big deal but they really truly are.
Please enjoy one and/or the other.
1. Review a Book on Amazon (and Goodreads for extra credit)
If you love it, why not put a ring on it? Or in this case stars. Honest reviews help authors with being discovered as well as qualify us for marketing opportunities. If there are enough good reviews the author can get picked up by Amazon publishing.
Did you know that customer reviews influence sales more than reviews in literary journals? It's 97.5% true. Think about it-- when is the last time you read Publishers Weekly? The more positive reviews a book has the better the likelihood someone will buy a book. Authors live and die by our stars. So if you liked a book by an indie author and/or this picture of Chris Pratt, why not take a few minutes to give it an honest review?
2. Tell your Friends
Word of mouth is still the best way to sell books. And the best word of mouth comes from someone who isn't the author of that book. Many authors are limited in how much we can promote our own work in social media. Saying "BUY MY BOOK" ten thousand times annoys the living shit out of people, believe it or not. Literary communities (book forums etc.) often have very strict guidelines about self-promotion. They do not, usually, have an issue with non-writers making spontaneous recommendations about something they enjoyed... or inspiring selfies of Chris Pratt after his weight loss. (So go ahead and tell Reddit!)
3. Join the Mailing List.
Email, really? That's so 20th century.... Still mailing lists are huge for authors. They allow us to reach out to our fans directly and let them know about upcoming events. Some authors even offer free eBooks and other incentives to people who sign up. Visit your favorite author's website and you should find a sign up form. Chris Pratt does not appear to have an official mailing list but he is very dreamy in other ways.
4. Like, Follow and Subscribe
Add your favorite author to your social media channels, follow their official pages and subscribe to their blogs. It's super easy and followers build influence, helping to raise visibility, like Chris Pratt when he goes to the beach. Also you can
stalk follow Chris Pratt on twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
5. Crowdfund an Author through Patreon or Kickstarter
Giving money to projects can help ease financial burden and support better quality in the finished product. Crowdfunding allows for the support of a project with a small donation. A lot of indie authors starting out don't have the fan base to bring in the big money on Kickstarter so every bit helps. It's an easy way to support authors you enjoy, much like this image of Chris Pratt is easy on the eyes.
Mike bode is the author of The Queen of Lies, the first installment in the ongoing series, Architects of the Grand Design. His next book comes out September. Sign up for the mailing list for more info.
Mike bode is the author of The Queen of Lies, the first installment in the ongoing series, Architects of the Grand Design. His next book comes out October. Sign up for the mailing list for more info. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest . (You can also follow him on Goodreads and even Amazon)