By Katelyn S. Bolds
There are a lot of posts going around on social media about the best ways to support your favorite author. Out of these, many suggestions are helpful and some of them just state the obvious, like buying books. We’ve collected a list of our top suggestions of ways that you can support your favorite authors for free.
1. Request the book
Ask your local library to order books from your favorite author, and check the books out if the library already has them. Libraries love patron requested books!
You can also request that your local indie bookstore carry a specific book. Many stores appreciate customer recommendations; just don’t be a pest.
2. Post Reviews
Write a few lines about what you liked about the book and copy and paste your review onto Goodreads, Amazon, Bookbub, and any other retailers you can find. Reviews help so much.
3. Share on Social Media
Love a book? Share it with your friends on social media. Be sure to tag the author and use the appropriate hashtags to connect with fellow readers. Authors love finding others enthusiastic about their books!
4. Recommend it to your book club
Join a book club at your library, church, or even online. Being around other readers will help give you an audience to share your favorite reads.
5. Attend events
Many authors do speaking events, book tours, and signings. Check out an author’s website for their travel plans. If no events exist near you, encourage your library or organization to host the author at a future event!
Above all, just share your enthusiasm for reading with the world. The more people read, the more we all win.