To Support an Author

assembling-a-team

Purchasing the book is just one way that we can support an author’s work. There are many more. Can’t afford the book? Know your options.

  • Buy the Book

Obviously, the best way to support an author is to purchase their books. This helps us financially as well as build our fan base. If you like the book we hope that you will be back for more.

  • Review the Book

There are so many advantages to you reviewing a book after you’ve read it. It gives those who have not read it insight into what the book is about (beyond the blurb), helps them to see if it’s worth reading, and shows readers that others are talking about the author. This is important because Indie Authors have to do a lot themselves and will often be seen self-promoting. Book Reviews give us a chance to involve third parties unrelated to the work to do the promoting for us. As an author, this shows readers that you aren’t just tooting your own horn. Others enjoy your writing too.

  • Rate the Book

Don’t underestimate rating a book. If you don’t have time to review it, rating it is just as good. It will bring more attention to the book and make it more visible to readers. You can rate books via Amazon and Goodreads. This shows up at the top of your updates for your friends to see just like if you left a review. Also, if you rate a book it will automatically mark the book as read (so don’t rate books you haven’t actually read).

  • Mark the Book as “To read” on Goodreads

Again, this boosts a book’s credibility. The more people who mark the book as “To Read” the more attention if gets from people looking at the page. If you know of an author and you’d like to support them but you can’t purchase or review their book right now, head on over to their page on Goodreads and mark the book as “To read”. They’ll appreciate it. Also, if you’re an author, be sure to set up an Author Account on Goodreads. When you first join, you will be defaulted to a reader account. To learn how to upgrade to an author account, read this article HERE.

  • Follow the Author’s Amazon Page

If the author has the link to their amazon page on their site you can just click it and push the follow author button. However, if not you can always search them. Go to Amazon.com and enter their name into the box. Amazon’s search engine acts similar to Google’s so I am sure you will find the author you’re looking for.

  • Rate the Author’s Top Reviews

Scroll through the author’s reviews and pick one of their best ones. Then, if it’s helpful in determining your decision on whether or not to buy, click that it is helpful. Like ratings and reviews, this helps the book to show up more as a recommended read.

Other ways to support an author include, but are not limited to:

  • Follow the author’s blog
  • Join the author’s email list / newsletter
  • Follow the author on social media

Wanna get started? Support me and I’ll support you back! Do one (or more) of the following and I’ll return the favor:


Yecheilyah Ysrayl is the YA, Historical Fiction author of eight books, most notably The Stella Trilogy. She is also a Blogger, Poet, and Book Reviewer. Yecheilyah  is currently working on her next book series “The Nora White Story” about a young black woman writer who dreams of taking part in The Harlem Renaissance movement and her parents struggle to accept their traumatic past in the Jim Crow south. “Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One)” is due for release July 15-16 2017 at The Tampa Indie Author Book Convention in Tampa, FL. Review copies go out March, 2017. For updates on this author be sure to follow this blog and to subscribe to Yecheilyah’s email list HERE.

Advertisements

25 thoughts on “To Support an Author

  1. This post is fantastic! I just reminded some of my followers to write a review if they read my book, and it’s amazing how many never thought of that. Reviews are so helpful for giving your book credibility. Thanks for the other ideas, I never thought of adding a book to my “to read” list on Goodreads (I didn’t realize what benefit this would have.)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    Here is a great post from Yecheilyah Ysrayl’s blog on how you can support authors. Any of you out there that have read my books, all of these things really do help. While buying the book is great, the other things like reviews and ratings help a lot. Check out this great post and follow Yecheilyah Ysrayl’s blog.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m so glad you wrote this, so now I don’t have to lol I’ve been trying to find a gentle way to show people who aren’t necessarily in the know about these things (especially rating) why and how they can and should do them.

    Liked by 1 person

Don't Forget to Leave a Comment on the Table

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s