You see the request framed in one way or another all over reader-centered websites – “Support indie authors.”
And how, exactly, do you do that?
Here are 10 simple and effective ways – and only one costs any money!
- Buy the author’s book.
- Add the book to your Goodreads list.
- Write an honest review of the book on Amazon.
- Talk about the book to your peeps online.
- Like the author’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
- Comment on author interviews online.
- Nominate the book for an award.
- Bring the book to the attention of your book club.
- Alert the media.
- Write to the author.
Okay, that one’s obvious, but it’s also the most tangible show of support. Most indie authors don’t earn enough to make a living writing, so every sale is important. With e-books often priced at just a dollar or two, you can afford to show your support this way often.
Adding a book to your Goodreads list shows other readers it’s a book worth reading. (It must be, because you read it, right?)
If you’re not sure how to do this, Goodreads has these simple directions.
And did you know Amazon now helps you find and share books with Goodreads on your Kindle?
It doesn’t need to be a long, detailed Michiko Kakutani review. A couple of paragraphs offering your honest assessment of the book is something indie authors are very grateful for.
Do you have a blog? A brief mention of a good book you’ve read can “hand sell” that book many times over. Indie authors genuinely appreciate such organic buzz.
Again, you’re helping spread the word to your own circles of fellow readers that you’ve found an author whose work is worth reading.
Indie authors need to take scarce and precious time away from their writing to give interviews (which is why some decline interviews in the first place). If you find an interview you enjoy — such as those you hear on The Bookcast, right? — leave a comment. Authors enjoy seeing evidence that it was worth making the effort to speak with that interviewer.
If the indie author you’re reading is exceptionally talented, you can nominate their book for one of several awards. A Google search will turn up hundreds of awards to choose from, or there’s a short list of some of the big ones here.
Indie authors are delighted when book clubs choose their book to read and discuss. Some will even suggest innovative ways to interact with their book so it’s not just a dry Q and A.
Many indie authors will also join your book club via Skype for a lively discussion. And if the author lives nearby, why not invite them to appear in person?
If you know of an indie author who deserves the attention of book bloggers, interviewers, or traditional media, tell ‘em! A brief and simple email is all it takes to “put the bug in the ear” of a media professional who can give that indie author more widespread publicity.
You can contact The Bookcast with your suggestions for indie authors we should interview.
Writing is a lonely endeavor. Authors love to hear from their readers. Again, it need not be a long and flowery missive. Just a couple of lines, offering some feedback and encouragement. Be aware, authors are busy people, and they may not be able to reply quickly. But trust me, they will appreciate hearing from you.
Do you have other suggestions? Leave a comment below to offer more ways readers can Support Their Indie Authors!
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