Nine Things You Can Do to Help an Author Friend
- Buy your friend’s book. This is the big one!
- Give the book as a gift. Give it to friends and family. Don’t wait for the holidays. The sooner you buy, the more confidence you’ll inspire in your friend. Early sales also generates more attention in the media and the public.
- Recommend the book to friends. If you like it, recommend it to friends. Tell others about it. Encourage them to buy it.
- Write a review. Write a review for Amazon.com, BN.com, GoodReads.com, Library Thing, and other reader social networks and book sales sites. Good reviews inspire others to buy the book.
- Recommend it to local librarians and local bookstores. Encourage them to buy it. Tell them know it’s by a local author. The more people ask about it, the more likely bookstores will be to stock it. Suggest they invite your friend in for a book signing.
- Recommend the book to your book group. If you belong to a reading group, recommend the book as your choice for the next book to read. If you know other book groups, including in other cities, encourage them to select it. Tell them how to get in touch with the author to buy the book or to invite the author in for their discussion.
- Tell your friend what you like about the book. Support your friend by telling them something you like about the book. Was it a good read? Did it move you to tears or laughter? Did you learn something new? Were you moved to take action?
- Ask. Ask your friend how you can help. You may have some talent, connection, specialized knowledge, etc. that could be just the thing they need.
- Social network for/with your friend. Post that you liked it on Facebook. Tweet about it. Retweet your friend’s tweets. Engage in a conversation with your friend on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google+. Pin. Repin. Post. Share. Tweet. Retweet. Plus One. Like. You know what to do.
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