As an avid reader myself, I’ve been thinking both about ways I can support other authors as well as ways my readers can show me some love, too. For authors, your reader support is crucial–but did you know there are ways to do it without spending a penny? Yes, you heard it right! Here are seven easy ways you can be an author’s biggest cheerleader without breaking the bank:

  1. Request at Your Local Library: One of the easiest and most impactful ways to support authors is by requesting their books at your local library. Libraries thrive on community involvement, and your request could lead to the author gaining more visibility. Plus, it’s a win-win – you get to read the book for free, and the author gets exposure in your community. Why it’s helpful: Libraries play a pivotal role in introducing new authors to readers. By requesting a book, you contribute to the author’s reach, helping them connect with more potential fans.
  2. Spread the Word Among Friends: Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool. If you loved a book, tell your friends about it! Personal recommendations carry a lot of weight, and your friends might be intrigued to pick up the book based on your enthusiasm. Why it’s helpful: Friend recommendations often lead to organic book sales. By sharing your love for a particular author, you help expand their readership, creating a ripple effect of support. It’s really special to me when I discover that a reader has enjoyed my stories enough to make recommendations to those they know and care about.
  3. Post Online and Tag the Author: Social media is a treasure trove for book lovers. When you finish a great book, share your thoughts online. Tagging the author in your post not only gives them a morale boost but also exposes their work to your followers. Why it’s helpful: Social media is a vast platform, and your post might catch the attention of others who share similar reading tastes. Your endorsement could be the nudge someone needs to discover a new favorite author. PLEASE, though, this is for a book you love. Don’t tag an author when your post is critical of the book. It feels really, really bad.
  4. Write a Positive Review: Reviews are like gold for authors. Take a few minutes to write a positive review on platforms like Goodreads or Amazon. Be specific about what you loved – it could be the characters, the plot twists (no spoilers!), or the writing style. Honest reviews help potential readers make informed decisions.Why it’s helpful: Positive reviews contribute to an author’s credibility. Many readers rely on reviews to decide which books to pick up next. Your review might be the tipping point for someone considering that author for the first time. I’ll bet you check out reviews when you’re ready to spend your own money. Other buyers are no different.
  5. Participate in Author Q&A Sessions or Virtual Events: Many authors host virtual events or Q&A sessions. Participate and engage with them. We’re often an introverted lot and it isn’t always easy for us to put ourselves out there. No one ever wants to schedule an event only to experience…crickets… So, find a few minutes to jump on. Ask questions about his or her writing process, characters, or anything else that intrigues you. Your active participation not only shows your support but also creates a sense of community around the author. Why it’s helpful: Authors appreciate the opportunity to connect with their readers. Your questions and engagement contribute to a positive author-reader relationship, fostering a supportive fan base.
  6. Create Social Media Posts: Snap a picture of the novel on your reading chair or Kindle and create to share. Artistically inclined? Create social media graphics inspired by the author’s work. Share your creations on social media, making sure to tag the author. Maybe it’s a story mood board, a meaningful quote, or a highlight from your own review. Why it’s helpful: Social media posts can showcase the author’s impact on his or her audience. It’s a visual testament to the connection readers feel with the characters and worlds the author has created. It builds and encourages further engagement and puts the book and author in front of new readers.
  7. Send Words of Encouragement: Last but not least, a heartfelt message goes a long way. Reach out to the author on social media or through their website to express your appreciation. Share specific details about what you enjoyed in the books. Authors often face challenges, and knowing their work has touched someone’s life can be incredibly uplifting. Why it’s helpful: Writing is a solitary pursuit, and authors may not always see the immediate impact of their work. Your encouraging words can be a source of motivation during tough times, inspiring them to keep creating.

Your support matters more than you think, and by implementing these simple actions, you become an invaluable part of an author’s journey. What are other ways we can support authors?

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