As writers we are dependant on readers buying our work, that’s very much a given. It’s a symbiotic relationship, without readers we’re just people who write words, with readers who actually buy the work we are then partners in a sense. Readers contribute to a writer because they enable us to continue to produce work at a standard they expect.
If you have a favourite author there are ten things you can do to help them.
1, Buy their books, I know, pretty obvious
2, Write a review, again pretty obvious but this is just as important as buying the book. With a good review you are encouraging others to join you and others in something wonderful
3,Give their books as gifts
4, Tell ten people, then in turn they will tell others and the word will spread
5,Read for a book club
6,Recommend on Goodreads
7, Request in your library, this gives those of us who are not able to buy books in quantity the opportunity to read a good book and join in the fun. There are those who will not buy a book but will read it from the library so this is important.
8,Promote on social media, let others in your circles know you enjoyed a good book and they might try it too
9, Post pictures holding their book, again this helps to spread the word to your friends
10, Send them a fan letter, most authors nowadays are accessible either by their website or Facebook fan page so this is really quite easy to do and don’t think that they would not respond or that they are too busy. If they are like me then they would be only too pleased to hear from genuine fans, after all, it’s why we write. Someone once told me we do this not to get rich or famous but because we love it. That is quite right on many levels. I would write no matter what happened. To be able to interact with readers to me is a wonderful bonus and if it made me rich and famous along the way, I suppose I could put up with that. As they say, “It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.”