I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ways to Help Your Favorite Author

I'm gearing up for the big release of The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection May 1--such an exciting time for me!

Some folks have asked me how they can help with promotion, and I've come up with a few ideas that anyone can do to support their favorite authors.

If you're inclined, give it a try...and let me know if you have any ideas, yourself!

Don't forget to read down to the bottom for a sneak peek at my grand prize giveaway package!

  1. Know that you are appreciated for the moral support you give the author! Authors are grateful for every reader and friend who's cheered them on.
  2. Follow your favorite authors on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. This way, you learn about giveaways, upcoming releases, and other goodies. Also, some publishers keep tabs on their authors' stats on these pages. Clicking that "like" button can help them more than you know!
  3. Now that you're following them, spread the word! Retweet their posts on Twitter. Share their status updates on Facebook to share their news with your friends. This is excellent, free publicity for your favorite authors and they will LOVE you for it.
  4. Did you know you can follow authors on Amazon and Goodreads, too? Just go to their Author Page and click on the"Follow" button. Then you'll be apprised of new releases, etc.
  5. If you are able to support your favorite author by purchasing a book, consider doing so. Timing your purchase to the book's release can look good to publishers, too.
  6. If your favorite bookstore does not have it in stock, ask if they can order it: it's possible that they've sold out or that they don't carry it. Either way, stores' computer software programs often contain reorder algorithms that can influence how the store makes ordering decisions. Special orders can help boost your favorite author's future sales potential.
  7. Ask your local library to stock the book, too.
  8. Take a photo of the book when you find it in a store or library, and then post the picture on social media. Tag the author.
  9. If you liked the book, write an objective review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook, or Goodreads. Even a short review (1-2 sentences) is helpful in this online age, and authors are grateful for everyone who takes the time to submit a review. Reviews are most helpful when they focus on the book, not the cover art, delivery, packaging, or other things about which the author often has no control. Author Dina Sleiman shares how to write a fast, helpful review here.
  10. Attend the author's book signings, if they are local to you. Book signings can be fun, with freebies as well as face time with the author. And they'll appreciate you taking the time out to support them!
  11. Ever written to an author to tell them how much their book meant to you? Most author's websites have a Contact page, but writing a snail-mail letter to them c/o their publisher is a tangible, precious memento--that the publisher will know about, too.
What about you? Do you have any ideas to help your favorite authors?

If you're interested, here are links to my pages.

Amazon Author Page: Click Here.
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/SusanneDietzeBooks
Twitter: @SusanneDietze
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13657688.Susanne_Dietze

These links will provide information on how and when to enter my upcoming Giveaway (starting May 1). Here's a peek at the prizes!

The terms of the giveaway will be announced May 1. Void where prohibited. Winner chosen at random by Rafflecopter and will be announced May 11, 2015 on my blog.


Rebecca Maney said...

I would love to win a copy of this book, it's on my TBR list already! And I love dark chocolate!

Deanna Stevens said...

What a delightful giveaway! I'd love to read this book ;)
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Susanne Dietze said...

Rebecca, thanks for coming by! I hope you enjoy the collection!

Deanna, I'm so glad you visited. These novella collections are so much fun!