reading-5 ways to help an author

Great ideas about getting published and how to promote your book

Shawn L. Bird

Most of a publishing house’s marketing budget goes to its most popular, A-list authors.  You know, the ones least in need of the promotion.  If you have found a mid-list or new author, you can become a crucial, and very appreciated, part of his/her success.  Here’s how.

1. Leave honestly positive reviews everywhere you can:  Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, your library, iBooks.  Tell people what you really liked about the books characters, themes, setting, style, genre, blog, Facebook, Twitter.  Reviews are key for a new reader to take a risk on an unknown an author.

2. Tell your friends!  If you have a friend who likes the genre, recommend the book.  But, do the author a favour.  If your friends read romance, don’t recommend a horror book, because it will probably lead to a one star review somewhere.  Some people shouldn’t read the book.

3. Submit a book acquisition request…

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