Perhaps you love an author. Physically. Or maybe just in your heart because love and friendship or maybe really truly intellectually because you have a real connection, man. Or maybe because you’re blood-contractually obligated to, in a familial way. Maybe you’ve never met but you admire from afar, which is also totes legit. (Katherine Dunn won’t you call me?)
However you love an author, in your pants or in your heart, it is important to express that love. Chocolates and cheese and Mars rovers are acceptable tokens of affection. But if you really, really want to be beloved, if you want your author to continue to be happy in this world and that whole writing career to take off, you’ll want to support their authoring gig.
It is a very easy thing to do, and I heard from a friend that it is hugely, incredibly appreciated and probably she will come over all misty EVERY SINGLE TIME because she is a sentimental sap at least that’s what I have heard.
How do I support my beloved author, you ask? Here are some excellent ways.
Buy the book(s). I know, right? But seriously, book sales are love. However you buy it, wherever you buy it, even if you don’t read it (though you should probably read it if only to make small but encouraging talk about it with your friend if they look at you all soft and vulnerable and eager-eyed), buy the book. I am told by Mz Wimmer that I should actually be encouraging you to buy three copies (minimum) and I have to admit, she is very smart so maybe you should listen to her! Also those are totally extra bonus points right there.
Tell your friends. Tell all of your friends! Here is a sample script: “Listen to me I want to tell you about a book you must read. You must go buy it now. You must go read it. READ IT OR I WILL KILL YOUR FAMILY okay not really, darling, don’t cry, I am so sorry, I would never hurt a single hair on your precious and beautiful family’s collective and individual heads. I am just excitable. But please consider reading it?”
Ask for it! Casually wander into libraries and bookstores and enquire as to whether your beloved author’s book is stocked, and if not, why? This is an outrage! I am writing a strongly worded letter that I will distribute to various media outlets! YOU WILL RUE THE DAY. Etc. Perhaps leave off that last part, instead swapping it out for something like, “would you consider ordering it? It’s a great book.”
Write reviews. Amazon rankings don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but what they CAN do is build buzz and interest. Write a review of your friend’s book—an honest one, obviously. Five stars are always appreciated, I mean obviously, but only give as many stars as you feel in your loins for the book. Be honest and thoughtful! Readers tend to read books that other readers have read first. It’s an ouroboros/lemming thing that I’m not entirely clear about, but I am told it is both important and true. I am nothing if not a provider of true facts.
Recommend the book to others on your blog and on various social medias. Yell about the book online! Link to its sales pages. Talk about how rad it is on facebook and twitter and that tumblr thing you kids are always going on about with your transistor radios and your Velcro cigarettes and the business. Write a blog post about it and then twitter about your blog post! Awesome all the way down!
Talking about a book online is one of the coolest ways to spread the word about your friend the author and it apparently is fairly effective (and always really appreciated). PLUS when your author friend gets her $4.75 royalty check, tacos are on her!
Tell the author she is the prettiest in the world. Your author is likely nervous about her book, and hoping people will like it, and worrying that people will hate it, and wondering if maybe she made a mistake, writing a book? Because this is a lot of anguish, this whole sitting around and thinking about people with their faces buried in your pages, helpless and unable to slap the book out of peoples’ hands. A kind word and maybe a big hunk of Easter candy goes a long way.
And that’s how to support your author, both emotionally and in her exciting and terrifying career as an author that she really hopes doesn’t crash and burn before it’s even barely lurched out of the gate.