8 Ways to Help Your Favorite Author

8 Ways to Help Your Favorite Author*

*and Get Your Fans To Help YOU

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

→ You’ve got a book out, and you want to tell your friends and fans how they can help.
→ Or you have friends who are authors, and you want to see them succeed.
→ Or you have favorite authors whom you’ve never even met, yet you still want to help their books find readers.
For all of those situations, here are a few simple things that can make a world of difference to an author:
1. Amazon reviews. If you have positive things to say about a book, go ahead and say them! Don’t be false; don’t rave about a book you don’t really like. But write a good review if you can. Reviews are a powerful tool on Amazon that can make a big difference in an author’s sales.
2. Reviews on other retail sites. Barnes & Noble, the Apple store, Kobo, Smashwords… it helps to leave good reviews on any of the retail sites you visit.
3. Amazon “Like” button. See that little “thumbs up” icon on the Amazon page, right below the title and author? Click it!
4. Vote “up” positive Amazon customer reviews. At the bottom of each review, it asks, “Was this review helpful to you?” If you found a positive review helpful, click yes, and it will help move that one higher on the page.
5. Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. The crucial thing about these social networks is, don’t just post “I loved this book!” (although once wouldn’t hurt). Instead, pick several of your favorite lines from the book and quote them in your tweets and Facebook posts; and use the quotes to create fun Pins on Pinterest. You can get a lot more mileage this way, without becoming repetitive and tiresome.
6. Goodreads. Add the book to your “read” list. Write a review. Rate the book. You can also create lists in Listopia, and include the book in a list. There are public lists that anyone can add books to. In existing lists, you can “vote up” a book by clicking “vote for this book.” All of these things can increase a book’s visibility for potential readers.
7. Offer an endorsement. If you’re an author yourself, or if you have a substantial platform or notoriety in a particular circle, your endorsement could be valuable to the author. You could offer to write one that they could use to help promote the book.
8. Blog about the book. This is an obvious one, but I want to offer a caveat. I see many blog tours and allegedly “book reviewing” blogs that don’t actually offer reviews, but instead they’re simply canned synopses and/or author interviews that are repeated throughout the web. This isn’t helpful and doesn’t offer potential readers anything particularly valuable. If you’re going to blog, try to make it your own.
I hope that helps when you’re trying to figure out how to help out an author you love, or when you’re wondering how to ask your friends to help.
Now, if by any chance you’d like to put any of these tips to work right away, click on the image to check out my just-released e-book, How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing. If you like the book, then of course, any and all promotional participation is appreciated!
If you have any other great ideas for helping authors, please tell us in the comments.

Link to this article: http://www.rachellegardner.com/2013/01/8-ways-to-help-your-favorite-author/

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Do You Want to be a Writer?

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There’s never been a better time to write than right now. If you have a desire to write, but haven’t yet, you should. Start writing today.

And if you have dabbled in writing and like it, don’t give up. Are you wondering if what you write is good enough? It is. No two people write the same way. Everyone starts out with a unique voice, and the more they write, the better they develop that voice.

Take time to write every day. Figure out when is the best time for you to put pen to paper, or fingers to keypad. When are you rested, most likely to be creative? When are you most likely to find some uninterrupted time? Schedule that time for you.

If you’re stuck for something to write about, try free writing. Write down whatever comes to mind, whether it makes sense or not. Something will emerge that you can use. Check out this link: http://web.mst.edu/~gdoty/classes/concepts-practices/free-writing.html

Believe in yourself. Finish that story. Write that novel. It won’t matter if it ever gets published: you will know you achieved something great, something most people have never done.

Write On!

Welcome

Hello to rileybanks, olganm, and jenniferkillby. I’m so happy that you all have joined my site. Please feel free to comment and reply,I look forward to getting to know you. How did you find this website? Are you writers too? Until soon, Carol

Oh my goodness. I just now found site stats on this website. I see we have chevybob, trlarson, bookendings, Armand R. Suzzeq, and Thomas R. following my website too. I’m thrilled to know you’re here. Now if you would comment and reply, I’d love to hear from you all. Please tell me a bit about yourself. Thank you. Carol

The Start of a New Year

As hard as it is to believe, 2012 is a thing of the past. With 2013 we open a whole new book full of empty pages. I hope we all fill them with love, good health, and success in our endeavors. Wishing you the best today and always. Carol

Did You Know?

Did you know? The first Times Square Ball drop in Times Square took place on December 31, 1907, and has been held annually since (except in 1942 and 1943 in observance of wartime blackouts. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Times_Square_Ball Happy New Year ya’ll.

Show, Don’t Tell

New writers see the advice, Show, Don’t Tell, everywhere they look. What does it really mean, and why do it? Well, do it because it makes all the difference between a ho-hum novel and one that really pops!

Telling is just: She had blonde hair and blue eyes.
Showing is: He watched her walk toward him with a broad grin on her charming face. Her hair blew gently in the breeze, and he noticed the corn silk hue of it brought out the sky-blue color in her sexy eyes.

Which paints a better picture in your mind? That’s what showing is about. Use the words that create a picture in your readers’ minds. The more important the character or scene is to our story, the more detail we should use to describe them.

Here is a great article from Indie Book Promo by Rebecca Tsaros Dickson with more information.

“Show. Don’t tell.” What it means and how to do it.
http://www.indiebookpromo.com/2012/12/18/show-dont-tell-what-it-means-and-how-to-do-it/
Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Rebecca Tsaros Dickson to the blog today. She’s here to share a guest post, “Show. Don’t tell.” Rebecca is a published author, editor and writing coach, to contact her or to pick up a copy of one of her books, please find the links at the bottom of the post.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet

This article caught my attention because I have a Twitter account, but so far I haven’t seen very much activity from it. I must need to learn more about how to tweet! When I saw this article by Stephanie Chandler, Twitter Stats are on the Rise: Why Your Social Media Strategy MUST Include Twitter, I had to read it.
I would like to be a successful tweeter, how about you? Here’s a link to see what she had to say.
http://businessinfoguide.com/twitter-stats-are-on-the-rise-why-your-social-media-strategy-must-include-twitter/

Please comment and share your thoughts.

Inconclusive Death Book Launch

The Inconclusive Death book launch today was a great success and a lot of fun. The highlight for me was this young boy who wanted to come see me to find out how to get a book published. He looked to be about nine years old. He loves to write books already. His Daddy brought him over to talk to me. I gladly encouraged Grant and answered his questions. He told me he’ll have a book published in one year. I told him I believe it!

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Warning

I never would have guessed that a simple thing like crossing my leg over the other when I sit could cause a medical problem. Who woulda thought?

Recently I noticed a weakness in my left leg. Then last week my foot and lower leg felt tingly to the touch. What was going on? Even though I am not a go to the doctor person, I decided this was something that needed attention.

My primary doctor examined me, told me what he wanted me to do, and when we went out into the hall he said to his nurse, “She needs her head examined.” You should have seen her face! She’s new and hasn’t caught on to Doc’s sense of humor yet! The nurse set up a MRI of my brain, and also made an appointment with a neurologist for me.

Anyway, I went through the process. Had the MRI last Friday, and then went to the neurologist yesterday. He told me I have a pinched nerve in my leg, next to my knee, from crossing my legs when I sit.

I’d never heard of such a thing, so I’m passing on the information. Now you know too. 🙂

By the way, he also told me that every adult over the age of 50 should take a baby aspirin every day for their heart and to prevent strokes. Stay healthy my friends.

What to do about third party distributors?

I found out today my book, Inconclusive Death an Aaron Blake Mystery, is for sale on Barnes and Noble through Stork Media. I knew nothing about Stork Media, so I did some investigating.Turns out they are a third party distributer. Find out more at this url:
https://www.createspace.com/en/community/thread/20571 Be sure to read reply number 8.