In today’s world, Indie artists aren’t so rare. There are many Indie authors who find the self-publishing route fits them best. It’s a huge feat for artists because it proves everyone can do what they set their minds to. The sky is the limit!
However, everyone needs support. As an Indie author, it is vital to have support from friends, family–and readers. If you are an Indie or someone who wants to help support your Indie author friends, this post is for you. (You awesome person, you.)
REVIEW THE BOOK ON AMAZON/GOODREADS
You’ve probably heard this before, but it is important. I won’t waste a lot of time, but reviews on Goodreads are great, but reviews on Amazon are epic. It helps authors to have reviews on Amazon because that’s usually the link they’ll send to buyers!
So if you read the book, leave the author an honest review! It doesn’t have to be a book report! Even a quick “I really enjoyed this book!” is fantastic.
(PS. Can’t review on Amazon? Reviews on Goodreads and your blog, if you have one, is still great!)
TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Word of mouth is powerful. Online or offline, if you find a book by an Indie author and think someone you know might enjoy it, spread the word! It’s easy and that bunny trail can mean the world to an author. Spreading the news about a published book or an Indie’s upcoming release is an amazing, simple way to help out. You can repost, share a status, email a friend, or give a fast Tweet. Your voice matters. ♥
IF YOU LIKE THE AUTHOR, FOLLOW THEM!
Not only does following an author give you a better chance of winning things (who doesn’t like a free book, yo?), you’ll be one of the first to see what they’ll release next! Of course, don’t feel pressured to follow or anything, but also don’t feel like your follow doesn’t matter. It does! Every follower is appreciated by Indie authors, trust me!
PRE-ORDER THE BOOK
Another simple way to get in on the fun! Pre-ordering books helps build hype, and hype is important for new releases! If you know you’ll buy the book anyway, pre-ordering is a fun way to do it (and I know Indie authors who do special things for folks who pre-order, too).
MESSAGE THE AUTHOR!
There is nothing like getting a note, email, or message about how much someone liked your book, or how much it meant to them. It doesn’t take much of your time to send a message… and authors don’t bite! If you liked their book or look forward to their next release, send the love, y’all. It isn’t easy being an Indie author and supportive feedback really helps.
REQUEST THE BOOK AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
If possible, request the Indie book at your local library! This kinda speaks for itself–libraries are soo not dead. 😉
Share the book you like on social media! If you have a bookstagram, it makes an Indie authors DAY when we see our book on someone’s feed! So share the news and make it yours, yeah?
As eccentric as Indie authors are, we’re still people, and everyone needs support. Even the smallest bit of support doesn’t go without gratitude!
What are some of YOUR tips? Any two-cents to add to help Indie authors? Comment below with the love!