Glad you asked!
Anyone who is a self-published or traditional author knows just how difficult it is to be discovered. There are a bazillion books out there, people! Lots of them are FANTASTIC, but have yet to be unearthed from the pile of the million other books with more recognition. However, we as authors can only do so much. We can write blog posts, tweet witty comments, and update our Facebook pages. We can spread word of mouth in our local cities. We can advertise on websites and in physical locations. But…at some point…the readers take over.
How do you typically hear about books? Your friends recommend them to you! At least, that has been my experience. That is why websites like Goodreads are so fantastic! It is a community of readers sharing their reviews, recommendations, and thoughts on the books they’re reading or would like to read! When I first heard of Goodreads, I thought it was brilliant. I have since been logging my reading and engaging in the fun groups there. If you haven’t joined Goodreads, I highly recommend it.
Readers can do so much to help the success of a book. Here are some of the ways readers can help their favorite authors:
1. Blog reviews about their books!— If you have a personal blog, people LOVE reading book reviews. It is a fantastic way to connect with readers all over the world and it will give authors recognition, so that they can keep writing!
2. Post reviews on websites like Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble!— If you’ve written a particularly well-thought-out review (either positive OR negative), don’t be afraid to voice your review on these popular book-selling//book-sharing websites! Not only is it a fun way to connect with people, but it is a great way to provide the world with information about books and authors.
3. Tell your friends!— Spread the word about books you’ve read and authors you love. Word travels faster than you’d think!
4. Tagging on book-selling sites!-– If you read a book, go to Amazon or another book-seller’s site and tag the book in specific categories and genres! This can help the book gain recognition in search engines on these sites and elsewhere.
5. Connect with the authors!— Find an author you adore? Chances are, they’re on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. We work very hard and it always makes us happy when people take time out of their days to comment on our work–either with praise or constructive criticism. It means a lot.
If you have a favorite author or just love a certain book, go out there and show them some love! My favorites are Juliet Marillier and Terry Pratchett. Any time I can, I try to review their books, talk about them on my social media sites, and comment on any articles they have!
We appreciate it more than you know. Without readers, writers would be out of a job. 🙂