Okay, so, yesterday we talked about leaving reviews--specificially GOOD reviews--on places like Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads, and how they're surprisingly important to published Authors. (If you missed it you can read the post here)
But there are two other ways I've found to support authors that I hadn't thought of before, so I thought I'd pass them on.
The first I found thanks to a tweet from Cassandra Clare, linking me to this awesome initiative at Sharon Loves Books and Cats to get people to report any ARCs for unreleased books they see for sale on ebay. I'd never thought to check ebay for an ARC, given the fact that they say "Not for sale" all over them in very clear lettering. But apparently it happens. A lot. Sometimes resulting in books selling for an exorbitant amount. And of course the author doesn't get to see a penny of that.
But it's not just about the money. ARC's say "Uncorrected Proof" on them for a reason. They have errors. Typos. I've seen ones with extra pages or missing pages. It's really not the way the author wants their work presented to the general public--and I think all of us as writers can understand why. So check out Sharon's post and see how you can help report this abuse if you see it.
And the other way to support writers seems obvious enough, yet its something I only recently started doing: you can go to their signings!
I've heard so many writers tell stories of signings where no one shows. It happens. But it seems wrong to let it happen at my local bookstores--not when I could so easily show my support, and meet some cool writers as a bonus. So I try to go to as many signings as I can, and I don't just mean the signings of my favorite authors--though they need people too. I even go to signings where I don't know the writer. And you know what? I've found some awesome books that way.
Now, I know, books cost money. And usually when you go to a signing you kinda feel like you should buy a book. So if buying a book isn't really in your budget, you might shy away from attending the signing. But you know what? I see people go to signings all the time without buying books.
It depends on the venue, of course. But most writers do some sort of presentation--often times a reading and some Q&A--and then follow it with a signing. I've seen plenty of people come for the reading only, and not buy a book to have it signed. No one minds. And I guarantee you, while I'm sure the writer would of course love to sell another book--they're also pretty darn grateful that they got to speak to a bigger crowd. Wouldn't you be?
Not to mention, a lot of them have swag. I've seen people wait in line at a signing to get some signed bookmarks (usually best to be polite and wait at the end of the line for this). It's up to the author of course, but if you tell them you'd love to post about their books and their author presentation on your blog and give the signed bookmark away to your followers, they usually hand you a stack of those signed bookmarks and thank you for the thought. After all, you're doing them a favor: helping them spread the word about their books, which is why they're on tour in the first place. :)
So these are two more ways that I'm personally applying to support other authors. Can you think of any more? Did I miss something crucial? If I did, I'd love to learn more about it in the comments.
Happy Friday everyone!