Supporting Your Author Friend

This post could have been written by my family and friends. It’s all about how to support your authorly friends out there, and since my friends and family have been awesome enough to support me through the publication of two books I wanted to let others in on their tips for supporting an author friend. (I bet most of them didn’t even know they had such tips!) Through the years my friends and family have come up with some ingenious ways to put the word about my books “out there.” I thought I would share these with everyone else out there who would like to know ways to support a certain author but are a bit uncertain about how to do that. Believe me there are plenty of ways, and my friends have done a super, stupendous job.

1. Buy the book-— A lot of my friends bought the book for the simple reason that they knew me, and while most of them have read it, I know a few who haven’t yet read it but still chose to support me as their friend and that’s an awesome way to think. For them, the words, “I’m not a reader,” just don’t exist. And, sure, you might not read, either, but you can always have the bragging rights that your friend is a published author as you show off your personally signed copy of their book to others. It’ll look great on your shelf. Everyone will be impressed that you know an author!
2. Attend readings and signings whenever possible. I can’t stress enough the importance of seeing a friendly face when an author is out their doing authorly duty. Don’t assume that throngs of people will show up and no one will miss you. These things are notorious for not being well attended unless you’re so famous that people come running the moment your name is mentioned. Even if you’ve previously purchased a certain author’s book and you’re in the vicinity when they’re doing a signing or reading, pop in and have a chat. It won’t cost a thing but it will mean SO much to your friend. The worse thing in the world is sitting for hours and having no one stop by to even chat. It can make you feel insignificant and maybe even invisible. I’m big on the chatty thing. Whenever I’m at an event I can count on some of the good people of E. Dalhousie to stop by and say hello. Remember, you don’t need to buy a book every time your author friend is signing books. Taking the time to acknowledge an author makes us feel loved.
3. This is also a great time to mention book launches. Try, at all possible, to come out for launches to show your support. I’ve been tremendously fortunate to have such a strong support from family, friends, and the community in general. Every author should be so lucky!
4. Give books as gifts. Wow! My friends are constantly giving out my books to people on their gift list. I mean you’re buying a gift anyway, and a signed copy is such an awesome thing to give and receive. I just had a call the other day by someone wanting a few more copies for Christmas gifts. Cool!
5. Put a request in at the library for your friend’s book. Library sales make up a healthy portion of books sales— seriously. Right after both of my books were published friends told me they put in a request to the library in their area to get in copies. Awesome, I know!
6. Talk about the book to others. Word of mouth is the best way to spread the word about any book. My friends are constantly on the look-out for opportunities to tell others about my books. One friend said she keeps a copy of my book on her coffee table to show people who come to visit! It’s simple thing but it can make a big difference.
7.Write reviews and rate the book for Goodreads, Amazon or Chapters. Again, that’s letting others know about a book they might not otherwise hear about. It’s costs nothing but your author friend will be so appreciative.
8.If your author friend posts about her upcoming book on Facebook or other social media sites, share. Share, share share. When I posted a photo of my contributor’s copies that arrived I had numerous shares from my friends. So much so that Facebook told me it showed up in the newsfeed of over 1200 people. I was flabbergasted.
9. If you’re a blogger, blog about the book. The blogging community is very supportive of authors. My blogging friends have blogged about my books, interviewed me on their blog, and even reviewed my books on their blogs. I love the support from this wonderful community.
10.Look for opportunities to support your author friend. Here are two inventive way friends of mine have helped put my book “out there.” One, a retiring teacher emailed to tell me this. “I was asked to pick out a book for the PRMS Home and School to donate to the Library in my name. After I had picked out a music one,(she was a music teacher) I had allotted money left over – guess what I chose??? “Flying with a Broken Wing” of course!!!!!!”
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When asked to donate an item to a basket for a friend who was out on sick leave, a family member included a signed copy of one of my books. Now are these not two of the awesomest (is awesomest a words?)ideas for people to come up with.
11. And one last thing. Support doesn’t have to come from the pocketbook. My friends are constantly asking me how the writing is coming along, if I’m working on anything new and generally encouraging me along the way. And, you know what? I love them all for it. I’m not sure my friends truly understand how important it is for any author to know that others are interested in our work.

So, you see what I mean about how awesome my family and friends are? Hopefully, you’ll find these tips helpful and they will inspire you to come up with some ways of your own to support the authors in your life. You do have authors in your life, right?

Have you any tips of your own that you’d like to share when it comes to supporting an author, perhaps something my friends haven’t thought of yet?

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  1. Laura, I believe both of your books got to travel to other countries with family members or friends? How about if travelling the support would be to take copies of your book along and leave one in a hotel or give to someone they meet in a cafe or somewhere?

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  2. storyteller5

     /  December 14, 2014

    Great tips, Laura. If only everyone would follow them! More writers would be able to make a living doing what they love, and perhaps even more important, would feel appreciated.

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    • Thanks, Holli! It’s wonderful to have support from the people in our lives. It means so much to the author. Yes, it would be wonderful to make a liking writing. I might have to put that on my to-do list. 😉

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  3. Reblogged this on Diane Tibert.

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  4. Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:
    A great post by my writer friend Laura Best. I consider myself very lucky in that my friends and family are very supportive of my writing. Some great ideas on how you can support writers you know.

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  5. Great list – and I am happy to say that I support my author friends in almost all of these ways via my own blog and in social media. I’m pretty sure they will reciprocate when my memoir is published.

    Thanks to Darlene Foster, I get to check our your inviting website today.

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    • Welcome to my blog, Marian! It’s nice to hear that you support your author friends in that way, and I’m more than certain that they will do the same for you when the time comes. 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog….. An Author Promotions Enterprise! and commented:
    11 great tips from Author Laura Best 😀

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  7. Reblogged this on Armand Rosamilia and commented:
    Great advice about supporting an Author

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  8. direktor59

     /  December 15, 2014

    Excellent tips.

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  9. Reblogged this on Thoughts by Mello-Elo and commented:
    To all my friends from different walks of life, this is for you! From the support to sharing my books and buying them – thank you!

    This is one of the best written pieces of advice for spreading the word about your books.

    Now if I could just ask you to request my books from the local library, etc…😉 #books #sellers #readers

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  10. Ever since I started reviewing books on T.A.A. last year, I began doing more and more to “pay it forward” and not just because I’m an author myself, so I understand what Laura’s saying from the author side, but for lay readers (who aren’t in publishing) the simple takeaway is that it’s so important to support authors we know however we can.

    I WISH i could attend more in-person events, but so many of my favorite authors rarely come to Michigan where I live (or in the case of authors in other countries, America period), and when they do, it’s always parts the state (or the country Re:international authors) I can’t get to, and while I get part of it’s convenience/expense to congregate in NYC or L.A., many of us don’t live there or can easily travel there. Okay, grounded reader rant over! (LOL)

    I’m probably a bit extreme, but when I love a book, I’ll not only recommend it, and (EVENTUALLY) review it, but the real literary gems, I’ll do fan book trailers for them, Often my favorite books don’t have them (sometimes they do and I didn’t know that until after I made my fan trailer) I think at the very least (depending on your video skills) they can be a way to both sharpen your skills AND support authors you love at the same time.

    Part of my mission with “Talking Animal Addicts” is to bring to light books and authors who don’t get the notoriety that I personally feel they deserve. Forgive the light self-promo here, but I recently reviewed
    Carolyn Crimi’s “Dear Tabby”
    (illus. David Roberts) a really fun book, and I not only made a fan trailer for it, I also did a fun tribute video with my story characters writing letters to the title character.

    While I hope I’ll get to meet more of my favorite authors (who are still ALIVE) when I heard back from Carolyn (Who saw the videos I did for her book after a brief incident…) and loved them, that helps a LOT.

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  11. Laura,
    GREAT ADVICE! I love to write but I HATE to ‘blow my own horn’ or anything marketing related! Reading your TIPS, has INSPIRED me to WORK!

    Thanks to Chris, my favorite Story Reading Ape for sharing this with everyone. I have decided on my next trip to The Mimai Metro Zoo, I’m going to take a lot of books to my favorite Ape there.

    Best wishes for your continued SUCCESS and for a great Holiday Season to you and yours.

    Michael Phelps

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  12. Reblogged this on Michaelphelps1's Blog and commented:
    Id you are a WRITER . . . YOU MUST read this!

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  13. Reblogged this on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing and commented:
    Some wise advice on how anyone can help their author friends. #5 is oft-overlooked, and I would add to #3 – don’t just attend book launches … offer to host one and introduce your friends or book club to the author, or host a literary salon in your home.

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  14. This was great. thanks so much. I’m SOOOO gonna print this out and give to everyone i know once my book is ready lol

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  15. Reblogged this on John R. Phythyon, Jr., Author and commented:
    This is a fantastic post. There are so many ways to support authors you know that don’t involve spending money. Great summary of things you can do to help an author friend build an audience.

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  16. Thank you for the tips!

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  17. Reblogged this on S.K. Nicholls and commented:
    Great post on what readers, family and friends can do for writers.

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  18. Reblogged this on Tricia Drammeh and commented:
    This is such a fantastic post! Friends of authors – please continue to support the writers in your life. Asking your friend about their writing or sharing a new release on Facebook means the world to us. Authors, remember to thank those who have supported you. Friends and supporters are pure gold.

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  19. Great advice. My mother-in-law proof-reads my manuscripts for spelling and syntax errors. She’s a retired librarian.

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  20. Reblogged this on Today, You Will Write and commented:
    Support, support, support!

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  21. Reblogged this on Andrea Baker Author and commented:
    A wonderful post about how to support those authors that you might know 🙂

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  22. Lovely post and great advice. Re-blogged on my own site 🙂

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  23. Reblogged this on graemecummingdotnet and commented:
    Some great ideas here. Makes me realise how little I’m doing to support authors I know.

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  24. Those are all great ideas Andrea. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  25. Thank you for your great ideas, Laura. Sorry about the mix-up in names. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Reblogged this on Our Darkest Fears and commented:
    Some very good ideas on how you can help the authors in your life. Everyone out there needs the support of the people around them to reach their goals.

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  27. Reblogged this on Author N.L.Churney's and commented:
    Great advice for friends and families!!!

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  28. A brilliant post and so so true, if all our friends just did a few of those things it would make all the difference! Great advice, thank you Laura! 😀

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    • Thanks, Sophie. My friends are remarkable when it comes to showing their support. Every author should be so lucky. 😀

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      • Definitely! I have lovely friends who do support me emotionally but I’m afraid they don’t translate that into the sort of things you’re talking about here, you’re a lucky lady! 😀 xx

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  29. Reblogged this on Sophie E Tallis and commented:
    A brilliant post and so so true, if all our friends just did a few of those things it would make all the difference! Great advice, thank you Laura! Check it out folks! 😀 xx

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  30. I’m in awe especially of number 8. My mates are pretty good but the best I ever achieve is about 195 thingies of um… ‘reach’. Reach, to me, sounds like a measurement of hurling distance.

    Cheers

    MTM

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    • Yes, it was totally amazing to me especially since Facebook is a bit notorious for not letting our posts show up in newfeeds.

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      • Glad it’s not just me with the newsfeeds then. I find if I look at a post and want to go back later to comment, nine times out of ten facebook has removed it from my timeline. Weird and really annoying.

        Cheers

        MTM

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  31. Reblogged this on Becca's Inspirational Book Blog and commented:
    I love the idea of giving your author friend’s book as a holiday gift to others.

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  32. Fabulous and thoughtful ways to support an author friend. I know I frequently give books my friends write as gifts. Word of mouth is sometimes a great way to spread the news.

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    • Absolutely, Patricia. I do the same thing as well. I love supporting other authors especially since I know how challenging it is for us to promote ourselves. Many authors find this so difficult to do.

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  33. Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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  34. Reblogged this on Joanne Hall and commented:
    Awesome blog about what you can do to support your author friends without spending a penny!

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  35. Reblogged this on cnlesley and commented:
    A great insight.

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  36. Brilliant list! Support is important to any creative endeavour, and these tips are really good. Thank you!

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  37. These tips are wonderful! At some point, I’m going to share them with my friends. Some of them are supportive, some seem embarrassed that I’m an author! (Is it because I write romantic suspense, and they only read ‘high literary’ books?) Some don’t seem to understand whey I spend hours writing everyday. Sigh. This blog post was inspirational.

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  38. This is such a wonderful post. Sorry I’m late. DH fell and broke his wrist, so I’m back cooking! I know! Terrible. Anyhoo, I’m off to send this out so everyone has a chance to read this simple guideline for supporting authors.

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  39. Great Ideas…as a newly published author, I’m looking for suggestions. Thanks

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    • Congratulations on being a newly published author. And welcome to me blog, Kathy. If this post was at all helpful then I’m glad. 🙂

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      • Hi Laura, navigating through so many sites for ideas, has my head spinning! I wrote about my journey of enlightenment in my book but I have to say after the publication, I’m in another journey of enlightenment. Lots to learn but what a ride. Thanks for the likes on my website!

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  40. Reblogged this on lorettalivingstone and commented:
    How to help your author friend.

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