Today we have a blog from a fellow chapter member of the Hearts Through History online RWA chapter. She has wonderful stories and is a great person.
What An Author Wants
Hi everyone and thanks to Paty for having me here today on her blog! Today is the day after release day for me. Yes, yesterday my 13th published book hits stores. TABOO is an erotic historical romance published under my Jess Michaels name by Avon’s Red line. AND just three weeks ago another of my books was published, HER NOTORIOUS VISCOUNT under my Jenna Petersen name by Avon.
I’ve never had two books out in the same month. Back to back before, but never right at the same time. It’s very exciting, but it definitely gives me extra things to worry about. You see, authors tend to freak out about releases. It doesn’t seem to matter how calm and steady a person you are, the week your book comes out, you lose your mind.
But there are a few things that readers can do (that are free) to help their favorite authors:
1. Buy the book. Okay this one is not free, but if you love an author, you’re probably doing it anyway. And I know times are tough, but the more often you can buy an author new, the better it is for them (any books bought used don’t get reported to our publishers so they don’t see them as sales). So maybe rotate what you buy used each month or buy just one extra book new. Every little bit helps!
2. Pick it up early. The first couple weeks of a book’s sales are often the most closely watched so even if you aren’t going to read a book instantly, if you can pick it up close to its release date, it can make a big difference to contract renewals and positioning to your favorite author.
3. Talk about the book. Lots of people buy books purely through word of mouth from friends and fellow readers. So if you read a book you love, talk about it. If you post on message boards regularly, bring it up. Or post it on your blog. Sometimes we’ll even stumble upon these things online and there is nothing better than finding someone chatting about your book.
4. Write a review. Even if you don’t like the book, that’s okay! Pop up a review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and it plays into the “buzz” factor.
5. Friend the author on MySpace/Facebook/wherever. And visit their website! Not only is this a great way to find out new info about your favorite author, but it’s a fun way to connect.
6. Email the author. As a reader you may not know how much a kind email can make an author’s day. This is a lonely profession, filled with disappointment as well as wonderful surprises. Every time I get a reader email, it makes my day a bit brighter and I know I’m not alone in that.
And most of all… keep being a reader! We love you and you keep our genre alive!