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My Top 5 List: How to Help Your Favorite Author
Hi, everyone! I’m Julie Moffett, author of the geeky Lexi Carmichael mystery series. The 8th book in the series, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, released Monday, July 4th. Yay! A big thank you to Sherry for inviting me to guest post. I’m so honored and excited to meet all of you!
So, introductions aside, the topic of my blog today is how to help your favorite author. I started thinking about this because one of the most common questions I’m asked by readers is, “Why don’t you put more books out a year?”
People are often surprised to discover I hold down a full-time job in addition to writing (and single parenthood). Here’s a big surprise — writing isn’t always a lucrative business. Most mid-list writers are struggling artists. I have several friends who are considering giving up writing altogether because there is often little to no financial return for their time and effort investment. That always makes me sad. But, here’s the GOOD news! That doesn’t have to happen. There are ways YOU can help your favorite authors keep writing.
There are lots of reasons I could list, but I’ve chosen five ways you can help your favorite authors keep writing and maybe even take a shot of making a career of producing the novels you enjoy. So, without further ado, here is the list.
Buy the Book. Sounds simple and it is. Each book you buy helps the author increase his/her sales record and be better positioned for producing future books.
Buy the Book as a Gift. Books are the perfect gift. Seriously!! Besides, if you ask nicely, most authors will happily provide a bookmark or bookplate so you can give an autographed book. Pretty cool, right?!? There are also ways to sign e-books. Just shoot a quick note to your favorite author to find out if he/she knows how to do it. (I do!!)
Recommend the Book. Word of mouth is a great way to help your favorite authors get recognized by others. You can recommend it to your neighbors, friends and family. Or you can recommend the book by liking it, tagging it, suggesting it or writing a review on Amazon.com, GoodReads, BarnesandNoble.com and a zillion other sites and online bookstores. Blog about it! You get the idea.
Review the Book. Although this is mentioned in #3, it deserves an entire section of its own. If you have a blog, a Facebook account, a Twitter handle or belong to LinkedIn, tell others what you like about the book and/or the author in your own words. Share your thoughts about the books on your social media platform. If you liked the book, a few kind words can make a world of difference. It can be an entire blog post or it can be a few words. It doesn’t matter. Just get the word out. In today’s world, algorithms drive sales. Reviews create the algorithms. The more reviews, the more publicity. The more publicity, the more people see the book. The more people see the book, the bigger the sales. Simple math. All you’ve got to do is write the review.
Let the Author Know You Like the Books. Most authors have websites. Many have social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Honestly, it isn’t hard these days to track down your favorite author. Don’t assume they are inundated with constant praise and encouragement from the public at large. The truth is that most writers operate in a vacuum. Half the time we’re convinced our stuff is crap. If you enjoyed a novel, please take a minute and let your favorite author know. It can be just a sentence or two letting them know how much you liked the book or the characters. I can tell you from personal experience that one positive fan letter can energize me for a loooooong time. That is, perhaps, the best gift of all you can give a writer.
So, did I miss anything? Please let me know. For commenting, I’ll draw two names to win a free e-copy of NO MONEY DOWN! Go!!
Bio: Julie Moffett is a bestselling author and writes in the genres of mystery, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the prestigious 2014 HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a 2016 and 2014 HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author, the 2016 Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002, and the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her book A Double-Edged Blade was an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Novel.
Julie is a military brat (Air Force) and has traveled extensively. Her more exciting exploits include attending high school in Okinawa, Japan; backpacking around Europe and Scandinavia for several months; a year-long college graduate study in Warsaw, Poland; and a wonderful trip to Scotland and Ireland where she fell in love with castles, kilts and brogues. Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two sons. Visit Julie’s website at: www.juliemoffett.com Follow Julie on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieMoffettAuthor Twitter: @JMoffettAuthor Instagram: https://instagram.com/julie_moffett/