|Adoring reader from the UK, dressed up as the black wolf from one of my books|
At a conference, I picked up a list of 20 Ways to Help an Author, distributed by Wise Ink. I like the concept, but not how it’s framed—while I love my readers, I don’t believe they owe me anything.
Shift the focus from author to book and I’m all in. Here, a list of twelve ways to show your love for a book. These take little time, effort, or money, but the payoff is huge - helping a book you love enjoy a long, happy “shelf life”:
· Buy the book!
· Gift the book!
· Ask for the book when you’re browsing a book shop.
· Review the book online: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
· Post about the book on social media. (Include a photo)
· Ask for the book at the library.
· Email a “book love note” to the author.
· Suggest your book club read it.
· Blog about the book (send the author a link!)
· Nominate the book for your community’s reading program
· To celebrate International Book Day, dress up as a favorite character from the book (see photo above)
· Design a wedding cake based on the book (see photo below)
What have you done today to show your love for a book? These ideas are only a start. With so much clamoring for readers’ attention, every expression of book love makes a difference…and as a bonus, you’ll be encouraging your favorite authors to continue writing books you love.
|Wedding cake themed to a novella by David Marusek|