I'm sharing a post from Terry Odell, because her suggestions apply to all writers:
So, here are a few ways to make an author happy (other than buying their books—that’s a given.)
- An obvious addition to buying an author’s books, of course, is to
buy their books as gifts for others. I think all the e-bookstores have
“give as a gift” options, so it doesn’t have to be a physical book.
- Let the author know you enjoyed their books. Email them. Most author
websites have a “contact” form. Truly, we all love to hear from
- Tell other people. This is a big one. I can tweet about my books, or post on my Facebook page, or send out newsletters, but ONE
tweet from a reader, or one posting on my Facebook page that they’d
enjoyed a book is golden. Many e-readers have ways to do this when you
finish a book, but taking a minute to compose a short tweet is a
- See a tweet from an author you like? Doesn’t have to be book related. Retweeting it helps build visibility.
- Leave a review. Many promotional sites require X number of
reviews, and they don’t have to be long. In fact, a short, “I liked this
book because” or a quick statement about something you enjoyed is
- And even if you don’t like going public, simple word of mouth is a
great gift, even if the recipient is unaware you’re giving it. See a
special deal on an author’s book, even though you’ve already read it?
Tell a friend.
And, all of the above are gifts you can give all year long. Happy writers write more books!