NEARLY GONE has been out in the world for a month, and I couldn’t be happier! I adore the photos many of you have shared of my book on shelves in brick and mortar shops, airports, Costcos, and in your homes! Many of you have asked, “how are sales?” or “how can I support your book?”, so I thought I would offer some suggestions here on the blog.
How To Feed & Care For Your Favorite Authors
- Buy the book. Many people don’t realize that downloading a “free” book online is book piracy. Sites that offer my book “free” are offering it illegally. Please consider the content creators/authors/artists/musicians who devote years of their lives to their crafts, and purchase their work through an authorized online retailer instead.
- Donate a copy. If YA lit isn’t your thing, consider buying a copy of the book as a gift or donating copies to your local public library, high school, children’s hospital, or youth center. Charitable donations are a great tax deduction, and it’s a great way to put books in the hands of teens, librarians, and teachers who might not otherwise have the resources to purchase them.
- If you loved the book, tell your friends. The power of grass roots/word of mouth/hand-selling is one of the best ways you can support your favorite authors. Consider recommending your favorite books in a Facebook status update or a tweet. Online sharing can go viral in the best possible way, and it’s a quick, easy way to get the word out and support your favorite authors.
- Ask your local public and high school librarians to carry the book. Libraries have limited resources, and not every book will be carried in your local libraries or schools. The more interest there is in a particular book, the more likely a librarian is to purchase it. And if they can’t due to lack of resources, consider buying a copy to donate to their collection. Your local librarian will thank you for it.
- If you read the book, write a review. Reader reviews are a great way to support an author. Consider writing a brief review of the book to post on sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads. Even a sentence or two can help build urgency and generate interest in the book.
Since I’m currently living abroad, I especially love receiving pictures of my book in the wild. A photo speaks a thousand words, and sheds light on where my book is being shelved and carried. If you are able to snap a photo of my book (not just the cover, but the entire shelf) I can see what store is carrying it, how the book is displayed, and how many copies are in stock. All of this information helps me better understand how my book is faring in the world.
So there you have it! A simple five-step guide to caring for your favorite authors. Thanks to everyone who has supported NEARLY GONE, and those who continue to support me through my debut year!