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:
- Mark The Road to Freedom as “To Read” on Goodreads.
- Follow / Befriend me on Goodreads
- Follow me on Amazon
- Join my Advanced Review Team for Renaissance: The Nora White Story. (Review copies go out in March)
- Purchase The Road to Freedom on Amazon
- Go to one of my reviews for The Road to Freedom and mark it as being helpful.
- If you’ve read The Road to Freedom, rate and review it on Amazon and Goodreads
- Follow this Blog
- Join my Email List
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.