Supporting your writing community: Be a fan!

Posted by February 19th, 2014

The most common question Book Country members ask me is: “How can I get people to read my book?”

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In the spirit of the 2014 Winter Olympics, I wanted to pose a challenge to the Book Country community. What would happen if we, as writers, embraced the fandom of authors as readily as fans worldwide embrace the Olympic Games?

Here are three ways to start:

1.    Go to readings at your local bookstore.

There’s no better way to see book publicity in action, and it’s a great chance to ask the author your questions about the process of completing a book and finding a publisher. And being a bookstore “regular” is a great way to learn about how books are marketed and sold in your community. (I’ve attended approximately 3 million author signings in my life, and still I learn something new about writing and publishing at every single event.)

2.    Tweet to the authors you’re reading.

Engage in conversation with the authors you like. They’re not just names on the front of your books; they’re writers and often struggle with the same issues you do. Many social media-savvy authors will answer questions about writing right from their Twitter or Facebook accounts. (Warning: it’s not good social media etiquette to just Tweet links of your writing to authors.)

3.    Read and review another writer on Book Country.

There is no better way to find an audience for your own book than by reading and reviewing a fellow Book Country member’s book. Show the community that you are a serious writer who wants to engage in a real conversation about the craft of writing and the business of publishing. Those who take the time to give you feedback are people who are excited about the prospect of being a part of your online writing community. Cheer each other on, and celebrate the successes. After all, we’re all on the same team: writers who want to find readers.

If you’re looking for a book to become a “fan” of on Book Country, please let me know by emailing me at lucy at bookcountry dot com. I’m always happy to make suggestions!

Want to share local bookstore events in your area . . . and turn them into Book Country meetups? Post events on this discussion board!

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