My third Skeet Bannion mystery, Every Hidden Fear, is available for pre-order, and I’ve put the links up on my website and blog and tweeted and facebooked them. (BSP: Here’s a link if you’re interested. http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com/)
I heard from a couple of people who were in financial straits/on fixed income and wanted me to know that they would buy my book as soon as they had the wherewithal. They felt bad about this, and I felt bad that they should feel bad. I know what it’s like to be in that situation. There’s a certain month of the year that’s always tight financially for us, and it happens to be the month when dozens of my friends and favorite writers launch books. There’s no way I can buy all of them at that time, though I do try to get them all later.
So I thought I would give a few guidelines for folks in this situation, temporarily or permanently. If you want to support your favorite authors but can’t buy their books, you can do these things, and those authors will love you forever because you’ll be truly helping to ensure that that favorite author can keep giving you the books you love.
Post it in your WantToRead shelf on Goodreads when you know the book is coming. Publishers tell us that is important, that other readers look at those and often decide whether to buy the book based on how many other people have listed it as something they want.
Once you read the library book, write a short, simple review and post it to Goodreads and Amazon. Publishers tell us those are what really sell books.
Talk up your author and book on Facebook and Twitter. I know for a fact that people have bought my books because of wonderful things some of my fans have posted on those two platforms about them. Word of mouth is still the best advertising.
If you’re in a book club or book discussion group or anything like that, suggest your author’s book for the group to read and discuss.
If you take one or more of these actions for your author, you have given great support and taken steps to make sure that s/he will be able to continue writing and publishing the books you love. I learned about many of these possibilities after several authors whose books I love and who had awards and great reviews were summarily dropped for lackluster sales. Anything we can do to help others learn about the authors and books we love helps to keep them available to us, too.
So please don’t feel bad if you can’t buy all the books you want to. You can still do plenty to support the books you love without spending a dime if you’re willing to give a little time to spread the word about the wonderful experience you’ve had in reading them.