What are the two best ways to support local authors?
June 16, 2014
I know this isn’t rocket science.
But every now and then we need to come back to the essentials of the book business.
First, a word of clarification.
What does “local” mean?
Local as I am using it has two meanings. One is old-fashioned. Local authors are those who live close to you. You have probably come to know them by virtue of membership in a writers group that meets in your neck of the woods.
The other meaning of local is those with whom you communicate regularly through social media, i.e., your virtual friends.
What are the two best ways to promote local authors?
You guessed it.
1. Buy their books. Come on, Steve, you say. I would spend an arm and a leg if I bought all those books.
Not really. We are talking the digital world where the going price for almost any Indie book is around $2.99. Plus I’m not suggesting you buy the complete works of the local authors you know. Just keep an eye out for any new releases and pick up a copy.
Which brings me to another clarification.
What does buy mean?
It means you pay money for it.
You don’t wait for the book to go on sale for free and download it.
“I got your book, Annie,” you email the author.
Annie winces, knowing the book is free the next four days.
If you want to support Annie, buy her book when it is at its regular price.
You say, “I love Annie, but her writing just isn’t my cup of tea. I’m a thriller guy, and she writes romances.”
Get over it.
The purpose of this exercise is for you to support Annie.
You don’t have to read the damn book.
Just buy it.
2. Review their books.
Okay, so if you write a review you should read the book first (see my last comment in step 1 above).
Be that as it may, we are talking about Amazon customer reviews here. Two or three sentences is all it takes. Four or five stars would be nice.
“Oh,” you say. “I would never post anything but an honest review, even for a friend.”
God bless you.
Please remember this. A bad review hurts more than a good review helps. That sort of thing is built into the Amazon algorithms.
Here’s my suggestion.
If you don’t like Annie’s book, don’t review it. If you like it well enough to give it four or five stars, or maybe a good three stars, then post away.
If Annie knows you have your book and doesn’t see a review from you after a few weeks pass, she’ll get the message.
Trust me on that.
Hug a local author today, buy her book and review it.
She’ll love you for it.