A Crucial Practice

By Brent King On March 19, 2014 Under Authors

hands claspingOne of the most important things about being a part of a writing community is supporting other writers within our genre, especially during the excitement of a new book launch. Have we found authors, especially those just starting out, whose work we love? Then it is crucial to support them in any way we can. This is more important than marketing our own work, so important that I wonder why more attention hasn’t been given to it. Here are a few things we can do to give our author friends a boost, no matter where they live.

Buy Their Book

Buying an author’s new release, either for ourself or as gifts for family and friends, can make a huge difference in the success of their launch.

Post Reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and Your Blog

Positive reviews play a key part in the success of a book, especially on Amazon. It only takes a few minutes to do, and it can really make an authors day.

Talk About the New Book

Share the book with family, friends, and coworker when we can. Our social networks are a great place to talk about it too. Connect with the author in any way we can: subscribing to their blog, “Liking” their Facebook Page, or connecting on Twitter and/or the many other social sites you may be on. These connections add up to a substantial positive impact.

The Importance of a Helping Hand

If we can consistently do these simple things (and others) to help new authors market their books, it will not only greatly encourage them, but will make the industry a friendlier place. When we truly put others before ourselves, we shouldn’t be surprised at the way an abundant universe will repay us (Luke 6:38).

A quick tour of social media reveals that most don’t practice these things. I must admit that I have struggled with them too. How is your track record? What do you do to support other authors?

* For a more complete list of things you can do to help an author’s book launch see this blog post by Chuck Sambuchino.

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  1. AshleeW
    March 20, 2014
    1:58 pm #comment-1

    Very good points, Brent! I hope to help other authors as well! I’d love to have even a small network of fellow authors, especially within the same genre, who I can trust and who can count on me for support.

    • Brent King
      March 20, 2014
      2:15 pm #comment-2

      Yeah, you make a good point. Obviously we can’t support every author in our genre, but there will be those who cross our paths with whom we resonate. We love their writing and/or benefit from their inspiration/wisdom. Those are ones we must not neglect. Setting self aside for others feels counterintuitive. Yet in my understanding (and experience), it is the only way that self can thrive.

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