Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Eight Free, Easy, and Legal Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

Everybody knows that buying copies of his or her book is the best way to support an author. But if you have a lot of favorite authors (or friends who are authors) buying all those hardcovers can become a financial burden. I mean, if I bought the hardcover edition of every book by every author I know and like, it would cost me several thousand dollars a year. I love my author friends, but there’s a limit.

Still, there are things you can do that take only a few seconds and will make your favorite author deliriously happy.

1. Give the book a good rating on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, etc.
Believe it or not, those stars make a difference. Four stars will do. Five stars is better. A rave review is awesome.

2. Face the book out in bookstores.
Face out books make authors feel wonderful, which guarantees HUGE positive karma. If the bookstore doesn’t have the book, suggest that they order it. And be nice to that clerk. It’s not his fault.

3. Read the book in public…
…or put the dust jacket over that copy of 50 Shades of Grey, thereby giving your favored author a boost while preserving your own dignity.
4. “Like” the author’s fan page on Facebook.
One click and you’re done. Everybody likes to be liked.

5. Check the book out of the library.
Or reserve a copy if it’s checked out.

6. If you are on Twitter, retweet.
Your favorite author’s pithy remarks deserve a wider audience.

7. Talk about the book, in person and on social media.
“Speaking of cats, I know this author who wrote a book that has a cat in it. It’s pretty good.”

8. Send chocolate.
Okay, this one isn’t free, but chocolate is always a good idea.

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