It's funny--if you'd asked me that question six months ago I would've definitely said, 'yes.' I mean, I buy a TON of books (so many that storing them is becoming a bit of an issue.) I read author's blogs. I follow them on Twitter. I do everything I can to promote the books I love on my blog. So I thought I was doing pretty much everything I could to help my fellow writers out.
But--as with so many things in my life--I've since learned that I could be doing SO much more.
For example: reviews--specifically reviews on places like BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon, and Goodreads.
I never read those reviews when I buy a book, so it never occurred to me to leave them for the books I love. But you know what? Those reviews matter to authors!
Apparently they help their sales rank. They also help link their books to other books (the 'you might also like' feature so many websites have). And they help counteract any negative reviews that might have been posted. In fact, they matter so much I've had a couple different authors email me to thank me for leaving the few reviews I've posted. Which only made me feel HORRIBLE for not doing that more.
So my new goal is to go back and leave reviews for all the books I love--especially the 'smaller' ones (pretty sure the Percy Jackson series doesn't need my help) :) It's a huge task, and I know I'll probably never get caught up--just like I'm not sure I'll ever completely tackle my TBR pile. But I am definitely going to try. It's the least I can do to thank the author for writing the amazing story I fell in love with.
And there's a couple other ways I could be better supporting authors, but I'll talk about those tomorrow. For today, I'm curious:
How many of you post reviews for the books you love on Amazon, Goodreads, or BarnesandNoble.com? Why or why not?