Wednesday, April 17, 2019

How to Support Authors

1. Buy or Borrow and Read Their Books

This one seems obvious.  I mean - duh!  Reading an author's books is the best way that you can show them you support them.

BUT, and this is where we're going to get real for a minute: You do not have to buy said books in order to read them.  I am not advocating stealing, by any means.  Please don't steal books or anything else!

Lately I've been hearing a lot about authors complaining that people aren't buying their books, and those authors are implying that the only real way to support an author is to buy their book.  I get it - authors have bills to pay just like everyone else.  I mean - not everyone can be J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer, right?!

Here's the thing though: not everyone has the money to buy every single book they want to read.  So, stop shaming people who borrow books from friends or from the library.  After all, if I borrow a book from the library or from a friend - they author still gets paid because the library or my friend still went out and bought a copy of the book.  The most important thing for readers is to just read!  And as long as you aren't stealing to do so, we're all good. 

2. Create Reviews
Go out to your blog, youtube, goodreads, instagram, or wherever and post a review of a book you just read.  Reviews are a great way to spread the word about books - write them and share them so everyone can join in on your bookish love!

3. Verbally Tell Others About An Author's Books
I've only heard about some books because someone told me about them.  Don't be afraid to go out and talk to people about books and recommend those books to others. 

4. Start A Book Club
Starting a book club (or joining an already existing one) can be a great way to spread the word about books you like, and get recommendations about books from others.

A lot of book clubs will take time to discuss whatever their book of the month is, then will take time afterwards to talk about what everyone else is reading. What a great way to find more book recs!

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