Writers need you.
Publishers are attracted to writers who have a platform. A simplified definition of platform is a group of readers who follow an author’s work. You, the reader, have a lot of power.
Being an author might seem glamorous, but the writing process is more about consistent hard work than glam especially in a meme generating world. New writers can be wide-eyed when they learn that writing well may not be enough. Some give up on their soul’s calling. Some have to write. It is in their DNA. Great writers carry on in their creative space, but they need a team to be successful.
Are you a helpful person? If so, here are tips to keep your favorite writers moving forward:
- Click the follow or subscribe button on the writer’s blog. Help their number of blog followers increase. Q: Ugh, will I get email notifications of blog posts? A: Likely. You can read your favorite authors diligently or create a rule in your email so that certain emails auto file into a designated folder. You know you’ve been wanting to [learn how to] set up email rules anyway!
- Follow and like your writer’s social media pages: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Help their numbers grow. Go wild and invite other friends to like them too. Listen Linda*, every follow helps. Also, every like, retweet, comment or share kicks off algorithms that help other people in your area of the country or with your similar interests get to know your author also. You are their champion.
- Read your author’s stuff. You are sunshine for a writer’s growth as an artist. Supporting writers is like being a cheerleader with pom poms made of “like” buttons. Stretch goal: contact your author and offer to be on their book launch team when the time arrives! Book launch team members help get reviews out early about new books. Best sellers seem like overnight miracles, but it is readers like you and book launch team members who make those miracles happen.
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*footnote: “Listen Linda” is my all time favorite YouTube video. 😉