In the spirit of Author Spotlight, which will begin September 1st. I think us readers should be aware of the things we can do to help our indie writers. After all, it is because of readers that any author finds success. But this is especially true for our indie writers.
First, what is an indie writer? Indie writer is synonymous to independent or self published. An indie writer is an author who writes and publishes his/her work but is not backed by a publishing house. What that means is that the writer pays out-of-pocket for everything. Editing, copywriting, publishing- everything.
“Eisler defines self-publishing: ‘it means you keep the rights to your book and publish it yourself using distributor/retailers like Amazon, Apple, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, and Sony, typically retaining 70% of the cover price instead of the 17.5% offered by legacy publishers (for digital editions). This isn’t what “most people” mean when they say self-publishing; it’s what everybody means when they say self-publishing.”
Word of Mouth
When you read a book you enjoy, let other people know. Most of the books that I read are because they were recommended to me. So when you read a book you enjoy, be sure to recommend them. Why not tell people via Facebook, Twitter and other social networks as well?
Be sure to write reviews and let people,on a wider scale know what you think of the book. Give an honest opinion and if by chance you did not enjoy the book or something about the book- don’t be unnecessarily harsh. You can give an honest opinion while not being rude or mean.
Most readers research a book and check out reviews in the hopes of not wasting their time or money on a bad book. When you have written your review, post them in as many places as possible. Writers try to get their books to you on as many platforms as possible. So try spreading word of the book by posting said review on websites like Goodreads, LuLu, Smashwords, Amazon, and B&N. Every reader makes an indie writer a little more successful and most people don’t simply buy a book because of a pretty cover.
In conclusion, let’s make an effort to help our indie writers be more successful. Reviews are one of the biggest things to help or hinder an indie writer. There is no publishing house backing them and usually the biggest promotion they get is from their readers. So do your part.