People sometimes ask me what actions they can take to support my writing. I think many writers probably face this discussion now and then.
I know this partly because in this blog’s previous incarnation, I wrote about this in a post that became the most popular post I’d ever written (sadly, that incarnation went down a black hole). So now, I give you the updated version of how to help your writer friends. This list is in no particular order.
These suggestions apply whether or not your friend’s book is traditionally or independently published.
1. Read your friend’s book. Obviously, you’ll want to either buy or borrow the book in order to do this.
2. Write a review on a popular book site like Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes and Noble. Reviews are incredibly important in the marketing of a book. In this day and age, much of the automated marketing that the big sellers like Amazon do is triggered by a book garnering five-star reviews. They do not have to be lengthy — in fact, just one sentence or phrase can be completely adequate. And you don’t have to buy the book through the website where you leave your review.
3. Recommend the book to other readers.
4. Ask your librarian to get the book if your library does not have a copy.
6. “Like” the book’s page on Amazon. To do this, look for a “like” button near the title and click it.
7. Have your book club (if you have one) read and discuss the book. Invite the author to participate.
8. Leave a comment on your friend’s blog (like this one!).
10. Ask your local independent book store if they carry the book, and if they don’t, ask them to.
Most writers would be very happy if you did any one of these things. Even just telling the writer that you read their work can have an amazingly positive effect.