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Easy ways to support authors and books

As nice as it would be if every one of you could go out and grab a copy of GHOST right now, I know for some people that’s just not possible. There are so many great books coming out, and already released. And times have been particularly tough this year.

At the end of last year, Lisa Schroeder wrote this excellent post on how authors can support fellow authors when your heart is bigger than your wallet. She’s got a list of great suggestions, and there are even more in the comments. And most of them apply to readers as well as authors!


-Recommending titles to your local library (1). As Lisa says, I’ve seen many library websites have a spot online where you can do this in just seconds!

-Asking about bookmarks or postcards you can hand out (4). I’ve got tons of both, and I know many other authors do, too. And simply offering a bookmark or postcard to your friends, teachers, and librarians does a lot to get word out.

-Posting reviews and lists (6 & 8). I check reader reviews and Amazon lists when I’m deciding which books to add to my to-read list, and I’m sure I’m far from alone!

-Group book buys (second comment). I think this could work particularly well for readers! Get together with a group of your book-loving friends, pool your money on a few titles you’d all like to read, and then share them!

See the full list for even more ideas. And let me know if you’ve come up with great ideas of your own! Honestly, any little thing you do to spread the word about an author or book, even if it’s simply mentioning it to a friend, makes a difference. And every author is grateful for anything you do!

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Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
I would also add--check books out of your library. If you have a favorite author, make a habit of checking a book or two of hers/his every time you go. You don't have to take them home--dump them in the bookdrop when you leave.

When that author's new book comes out librarians check the circulation of their previous books to determine if they are popular enough to warrant buying more. If the circulation numbers are high enough, chances are book 2, 3, 4 will be bought.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
Good to know! I never thought of that. :)
Sep. 23rd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I love giving books as gifts, especially when I can say, "this was written by my online friend." :)

Sep. 23rd, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd say at least half of all the birthday and Christmas gifts I give are books. After all, I know books better than just about anything else, so it's easier for me to find something someone will like! :)
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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