What is an indie author? Being a self-published/indie author means you keep the rights to your book and publish it yourself using distributors like Amazon. A big part of choosing to be an independent author is wanting to have creative control over your books. It also means that you are you a publishing house, a marketing director, a social media manager, etc. Honestly the list goes on and on.
Amazon, with all its pros and cons, is a necessary vehicle for indie authors. Millions of readers purchase books on the site. The key for an author is being able to reach those readers amongst the vast ocean of offerings available to them on Amazon. An author working independently has the daunting task of getting their books into the hands of the readers who enjoy their particular genre and style. Just typing ‘romance’ in Amazon’s search will give you well over 100,000 books.
The more sales an author’s book has on Amazon, the higher it moves up on that long list. Positive reviews are equally important. Potential buyers will check out the reviews and not only will positive reviews potentially convince them they should make the purchase, but a larger number of ratings will make the book appear more popular.
Do you have a friend or family member who has written and self-published a book? Here’s some simple ways you can help them out.
First off, purchase their book/s. Take a moment to think about how many hours they put into writing that book. Next, think about the courage it took for them to put their creation out into the world for people to read…and judge.
Now that you’ve purchased the book, what did you think? Honestly, as a writer, of course we want everyone to love our creation, but that’s not realistic. Readers have different tastes and that’s okay. What the indie author needs from you is a positive review left on Amazon. Let’s say your friend wrote a steamy romance that left you blushing, or they wrote a fantasy featuring creatures you’ve never heard of…it’s alright if you aren’t into that, but you can still write a positive review in support of your friend. Who knows, maybe that glowing review you write for their book will be the one that inspires many others to purchase it. Guess what…you just became an integral part in helping that author’s dream come true.
Word of mouth can be extremely helpful as well. Share with your co-workers about the great book you read. Rave about it to the person who asks you what you’re reading. And of course, social media is a wonderful way to gush about how proud you are of your friend, the author.
Here are some important sites that you can leave reviews on.
Just search the title and/or author name of your friend’s book. If you can’t find it, just ask them, they’ll be more than happy to help you.
One final thought, think about how you would want to be supported in your own dream (whatever it may be) and let that lead your way in support of your favorite indie author.
By Dorothea Lynne – Author of Hall Pass For Life, A Welcome Guest, and Picture Perfect Play
All available on Amazon https://amzn.to/2NRyTUG