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!
I feel like I need the emoji with the sunglasses right here...lol
I am super excited to announce that we have teamed up with Dorm Room Television to bring you, The Summer Reading Challenge! There are a grand total of 7 books and you can read the books in the order on the flyer (we recommend the order especially for the check in).
To make this challenge a little fun, the check in will include a set of questions that you can fill out and email back to us for a chance to win a gift card! All you have to do is answer the questions, (they have to be correct) send in the answers at the designated time, and we will choose a winner!
Happy Reading Bookworms!
Sooo I'm a little late getting this posted but I thought this was pretty dope! Delphine Publications is going into overdrive with releases for the month of March. Connect with them to learn more about their authors, contests, giveaways, and much more :)
So I'm scrolling through Facebook (as I always seem to be doing for no apparent reason), and I see one of my favorite new authors, Christina C Jones (@beingmrsjones) shared a new blog post at her website www.beingmrsjones.com. Of course, I go read it. Hey, it may be a new book of hers and I couldn't possibly miss that; right?
Anyway, I'm reading the post and she mentions that she's dropping not one but TWO books soon (the bookworm in me obviously rejoices). I keep reading and she says she's looking for beta readers. I'd never even heard of a beta reader so I keep reading the post to see what it entails. Wait...I get to read the book, as you're writing it, and give feedback? What kind of feedback could I possibly give one of my favorite authors?And I don't have to wait until the release date to find out what happens to these characters? I'm in! I commented on the status and next thing you know I get an inbox message saying she could send me the manuscript right then. Mind you, it was probably like 10:45 on a "school night" and I had to be up pretty early the next day, but who cares when you have a new book burning in your email? #bookwormproblems.
Continuing on, being a beta reader is super fun. It's almost like you're watching the book in episodes instead of chugging through it all at once because it's available. And the experience has given me a chance to get to know the super cool Christina Jones. From the jump, we've definitely been kindred spirits (her characters sometimes think like I do lol) and I appreciate her for giving me the opportunity to be a small part of such an amazing novel. I got to go through the trials and tribulations of her characters with her which was entertaining in itself; you would've sworn they were real people the way we went on and on about them. I also learned a lot about the process authors go through when creating a novel, which I have MAD respect for. Trust me, I tried writing a few times and it is not easy!
You can click HERE to check out some of Christina's work including Didn't Mean to Love You.
I also did a short review for the book, which you can find by clicking HERE.
Looking for a beta reader? I may be able to help you, depending on the genre (I honestly won't be any good for a genre I'm not interested in). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire!