You may not know this, but a lot of your favorite authors are probably indie authors, meaning they write, edit, and publish all by themselves. With that being the case, it's often a little tough for these authors to get their work out there because...how?
Anyway, I wanted to give the bookworms a few tips on how they can show support to their favorite indie authors without completely fangirl-ing (or boy-ing because boys read too. lol)
1. Leave a review.
How many times have you skipped over a book because it doesn't have any reviews? No matter how good the premise sounds, it's not validated by someone else so you keep it moving. Leaving reviews is SO important for multiple reasons. Not only does it give the author an idea of how people are enjoying their work, things to tweak, etc., but it lets other people know that, "Hey, this author is worth checking out."
To make it easier, start a Goodreads page.
On Goodreads, you can do a quick little rating, 1-5 stars which is a lot easier than writing a full on review on Amazon.
2. Follow their author Facebook page.
Numbers talk. Not only will following their author page often get you some exclusive content (excerpts, samples, etc.) it will also help legitimize the author. If people see an author has a bigger following, they'll automatically assume their books are worth buying. When more people buy their books, their encouraged to write more which equals a happy reader----YOU!
(Note to Authors : If you don't have an author Facebook page, start one ASAP)
3. Share the book with your friends.
When you enjoy a show, or a song, or whatever you find entertainment in, the first thing you usually do is what? Tell your friends about it. The same should go for the books you enjoy. Even if your readers circle is small, telling one friend goes a long way!
Feel free to leave tips on how to help your favorite indie authors in the comments!