How to Really Help Authors You Love

by Ginger on July 11, 2012

in Inside Book Publishing

So you want to know how you can support an author you love? How you can help their book be successful? How you can make your attention help that writer?

It’s true. I love Goodreads, and it’s an awesome community of readers. And your review means a lot there, it does. You are connecting to people who love books, clearly, and who want to read books, clearly, and who want to know your opinion, CLEARLY.

But it means more on Amazon, or B&N, or Chapters for you Canadian folks. It kinda sucks that it does, but it DOES.

Because reviews on the major online retailers (Amazon in particular) can make or break a casual reader’s plan to buy a book, especially smaller, non-blockbuster books. From my vantage point where I get to look at the backend numbers, I can watch sales decline if there are bad reviews on a book. I can watch sales pick up if a book that previously had no reviews suddenly has some. And I can watch good reviews that overtake bad reviews revive a book’s sales track.

So please, if you love that book? Take your review from Goodreads and put it on a retail site too. Your favorite author will thank you.

(Oh, and if you ever want to pre-order a book, they’ll love you for that one too). 

Jett July 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Weird that you posted this, because I was thinking on this earlier today. I’ll try to do my part!

Kim July 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I’ve had a few people suggest this to me recently, which I should know since so many of my friends WORK IN PUBLISHING. Honestly, my hesitation to post comments on Amazon is the potential commenter after me making fun of something I said. I hate that shizz & it is rampant in internet comment streams. But you’re right. I need to start doing it.

Calee July 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Thanks so much for posting this! Authors are often so hesitant to point people to their Goodreads pages, much less the actual stores. If you love a writer, share it! (And share it where people are making book buying decisions. You can bet the writer will see it and see sales go up 🙂

Elizabeth July 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I’ve never thought to leave an Amazon review, which is absurd because I do rely on them to try books out. Thanks for putting that on my radar!

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