Monday, 25 May 2015

Say what?

I believe a lot of authors are also readers, I know I am. In fact, I used to read almost a book a day. And as a reader there are things that I was completely clueless about before I started writing.

Like: Reviews.


I'd always click the number of stars I thought a book deserved and be done with it. I guess I didn't realize how important reviews are. They help readers make a decision if the book might be something they'd like, they help authors understand their readers better (constructive reviews, mind you.), and the more ratings you have (at least on Amazon, I'm not sure about the other venues), the more your book gets promoted. Plus, when an author spends so much hard work and time and money into their writing, it's always nice to hear that you liked it. So, when you read a book, leave a review. It doesn't have to be long, hell, if you don't have the time, just click how many stars you think it deserves... even that means a lot. 

And: Bloggers

I don't know about you, but when I was looking for a new book, I just searched for one on Amazon. I never even realized there were these wonderful people out there who spent their time promoting authors. For free. For little or no recognition. But I've found that there are. And they are nothing short or miracle workers. They put together events and run promotion, which I didn't know about either... more later in the post about that one. But these women are just wonderful. I can't even begin to tell you how many of them have been supportive and kind and generous. 

And: Social Media/Promotion.
Admittedly, I was not big on social media prior to being an author. I had a personal Facebook that I posted to a few times a week, a twitter that I never used, and an Instagram that I forgot the password to. Oh, and a Pinterest that I was obsessed with at first, then didn't touch for over a year. But as an author, holy shit. I had no clue. None at all, about how big social media is for an author. How you earn many readers by attending release day parties, author take over events, blitzes, and blog tours (see, told you I'd talk about it again). I've done quite a few author events, and have to say they're a blast. I love talking to people and meeting new readers. They're a great way to show your appreciation as well by offering prizes and free books. And how many different outlets there are to connect is astounding. I use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. That's it. I feel out of the loop because I don't use Pinterest anymore and because I started a Tsu account, but look at it maybe once a month. My website lists all of my contact information, and it's hard to keep up sometimes but I encourage you, as a reader, to connect with your favorite author. Send them a message, write a post saying hi. We like to hear from you and get to know the people who spend their time and money on our work. 

Last (but certainly not least): Acknowledgments.


Writing the acknowledgements is almost as hard as writing the blurb for a book (which, again, is something I had no freaking clue was so hard. How is it I can write tens of thousands of words for a book, but can't sum it up in in a few paragraphs... hardest thing ever.). I seriously get anxiety while writing acknowledgements. Does that sound too cheesy? How many times did I just use the word amazing? I hope that doesn't make me sound like a creeper. The doubt is endless.  But the biggest one is; did I forget somebody? There have been an unbelievable amount of people who have helped me along the way. And I want that acknowledged. I want them to know how much I appreciate their awesomeness. I try to keep track, but at the end of the day, I'm human, and I forget things sometimes. It keeps me up at night that I forgot someone. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. So just know, if you have helped me along the way and I don't thank you by name, it's not because you're not appreciated, it's because my brain is operating on max capacity, and I can hardly remember what day of the week it is. 

I'm still learning so much about this industry. But I love it. I love writing, and I love the things I've learned, and the people I've met. I wouldn't change it for anything. Well, I kinda wish Facebook didn't hide my posts, but other than that... 


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