Friday, December 29, 2017

The Care and Feeding of Authors

So, you know someone who's written a book, you bought it (thank you), read it, and - hopefully - enjoyed the brief escape into a world born of the writer's imagination. Is there something more you can do to support the creator of this brilliant work?   

So glad you asked. Here are a few options.

Post a review on Amazon.
For people who read reviews before they buy a book, it can convince them that this one is worth not only the money they will spend, but also the time it will take to read it. 

Also, when enough reviews are posted, it helps with the book's ranking on the best-selling lists. You don't have to be in the top twenty to get noticed, so every review helps. 

Tell people about the book and why you like it.
Word of mouth is still the best marketing tool around. If you like it, tell your friends who like to read. Use your social media connections to tweet, post, and whatever else you do. 

Join the author's on-line group.
Go to the author's website/blog and add your name to the email list. This does several things. First, it will keep you up to date on what your writer is up to. Courteous writers will not use this information to overload your inbox with useless stuff. Trust them to be kind and appropriate and careful with your information. 

To join this blog, go to the upper right-hand side and just enter your email. 
It's that simple, and you can 'unsubscribe' at any time. 

The second way this helps is when potential agents or publishers are considering working with a writer they want to know about platform. If a writer has a good number of followers they feel more comfortable taking a chance on them. 

Pray for them. 
Writing is fun, but also hard work. It's also only one part of the process. The main thing is this: Christian writers want their work, whatever they write, to honor and glorify God. Pray that they will nurture that relationship first, before anything else. Pray for inspiration and a heart to hear the whispers of God as he directs and inspires. Let them know you are praying for them. 

Accept the offering for what it is.
A book, whether fiction or not, is the creation of the writer, a piece of his or her heart. It will not be perfect, even after rounds of editing and proof-reading, but it will be a work of the heart. It is intended to entertain, inspire, encourage, and move you. If it does any of those things, it's a win for the writer. 

Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your support. I hope you enjoy Grace's story as much as I loved writing it. I appreciate you so much!



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