“It’s really important to encourage more people to go and discover this author – hopefully fall in love with their books as much as you have.”
We’ve all got our bookcases crammed with books, but what are the best ways to support our favourite authors? Nicole Marie collaborated with fellow BookTuber Alyssa J to run down the easiest ways to show your support and, in this day and age, it truly couldn’t be easier.
Social media plays a huge part in our day to day lives, and this is no doubt a pattern that emerges throughout Nicole’s advice. Its fast-paced nature makes it easy for someone to interact with authors and vocalise support for their books; from hyping up that one book you recently purchased at your local bookstore to responding to the author’s posts about their process or upcoming work, it all counts!
Is word of mouth important? Nicole explains how social media chatter generates buzz for an upcoming project, encouraging anyone within your network to pick it up. Whether it’s a snappy review on social media or an in-depth analysis on your blog or YouTube channel, it’s still a crucial method of sharing your appreciation of an author and their work. Everyone passes on recommendations for products they love – it’s all still happening, just through retweets.
Showing your support doesn’t restrict to just online interactions, however. Nicole highly recommends attending book signings wherever possible. Why try to summarise how much an individual’s work means to you 280 characters when you could tell them in person? “It’s a really great and easy way to show your support in person to that author, and to show them how much their books mean to you,” explained Nicole. “They’re really gonna appreciate you taking the time out of your day to come to the signing.”
The books you hold in your hands, ones with the page corners folded to mark your place, are only made possible because of the individuals behind the pages. Nicole believes it’s important to share the love you have for the books in your life – someone else might just pick it up purely on your recommendation and fall in love with that author the same way you did!
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