“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”Vincent Van Gogh
The Simple Things in Life
Part of my memoir writing journey has been about self-discovery and the healing process. The events that lead me to write The Shoebox Effect were big ones. However, what I found when I was reminiscing on the memories of my past, is that there were also series of little things that made the biggest differences.
Some were good things, others not as much.
But there is a lot to be said for how the small things effect our lives.
You see, we have the power to change and brighten someone’s day with the simplest acts of kindness.
My husband is great at this. When we were young, he used to say, “love you more”. Simple, right? Just a sweet reminder that he cared.
But then one day, many years later, I opened my lunch and inside was a paper towel with those same words.
That one phrase brought back years of happy memories and was a beautiful reminder of how far we’ve come.
Little Acts of Kindness Make Big Waves
This got me thinking about my author friends.
As a writer, I know the struggle that comes with getting word out there about my book. It’s not easy and I couldn’t do it on my own.
Thankfully, I have a great group of supporters who help me promote my book and my work. Half of them I’ve never even met.
That’s right. I’ve found a great deal of support from total strangers who live all over the world. Maybe they heard my story and wanted to know more. Some have read blurbs from my memoir, The Shoebox Effect, and want to help me share it with the world. Others are supportive just because they are authors like me.
So, today I want to share with you some ideas on how you can perform your own small act of kindness by showing your favorite authors some love.
The Ten Best Ways to Support an Author
- Buy their books. I know it sounds so simple and you cannot buy every book out there. However, if there is a book you really like or an author you want to support, consider purchasing their book.
- With that in mind, if you enjoyed their book leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Reviews do a lot to help out your fellow authors. By validating their work to other readers you’re offering positive feedback and promotion.
- Tell a friend. If you know someone who would enjoy the book, make sure to share it with them. People are more likely to read something that someone they know, and trust, liked. Word of mouth is a great marketing tool and doesn’t cost the author a dime.
- Follow authors online. If you really like an author, you should consider following them online. I’m not just talking about social media either (though that’s a great place to start). If the author has a website, you can sign up for their newsletter or RSS feed. You can also follow them on Goodreads and Amazon. This will allow you to stay on top of release updates and others in your network will see that you’re following.
- Let the author know you enjoyed their book. At the core, we authors are always seeking validation that our work is good. We need to know that you like what we wrote. If you enjoyed reading an author’s book, be sure to let them know.
- Tag an author on social media. Most social platforms have some kind of “Friday Follow” or “Book Recommendation” post days. I know on Twitter, the #WritingCommunity does this every Friday. If you want to help a new author out, share their handle (that’s the @name listed on social media) and help people find them.
- Make a library request. Did you know that you can request books at the library if they do not carry a certain author or book? While the choice to add any new book is at the discretion of the library itself, you can always put in a request to add an author that you enjoy to their buying list. If nothing else, it puts that person on their radar.
- Give it as a gift. I’ve found one of the best ways to support authors is by buying their books and giving them to friends and family as a gift. This not only introduces new readers to the author but helps support them financially as well.
- Suggest their book for your book club. If you’re part of a book club, this is a great way to get word out about a book or author that you love. Not only can you share it with others, but you will be able to dissect the details with like-minded friends. If you don’t have an in-person book club, join a virtual one online (Facebook has a lot of them).
- Pre-order their next book. Another great way to help an author is to pre-order their next book before it is released. Pre-ordering lets the author know you’re excited about what they’re writing. But, even more important, is that it shows book suppliers that people are interested. The more popular a book is during pre-order, the better.
Embrace the Little Things
As you can see, I only listed ten things above that you can do to help support your favorite author. However, there are so many other things you can do as well. While it may not seem like a big deal to you as you do it, these small actions can make a big impact on an author and in getting their books in front of new readers.
That’s why I want to challenge you today.
Remember that hashtag I mentioned earlier? (#WritingCommunity) Once you’re done reading this post I want you to share it on Twitter and tag five of your favorite authors. Spread the word and support one another.
“The Shoebox Effect is more than a memoir…it’s a movement.”Marcie Keithley
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