I used to think that if I could only get one book published by a major publisher I would be able to die happy (though I did not necessarily plan that particular event soon). Now I have five books published and another coming out in December, so my ambitions have changed. Now I not only want my books to be published, but I actually want people to read them, to like them, to tell their reading friends about them, to review them (favourably, I hope, but also honestly) and to talk about them online via Facebook, Goodreads and Amazon reviews.
And that’s where you come in, gentle reader.
These days–unless authors are already ‘best sellers’–publishers don’t really give our books much of a push. Oh, yes, they publish them, and make sure they are the best they can be in terms of editing and cover design. They put us in their catalogue, and tweet about us the day our book is released, but my publicist is also the publicist for any number of other authors, and the time she can give my new book (or any new book) is limited.
I’m not grumbling about this. I love my publisher. It’s just the way it is for many, many authors out there who are published by any number of publishers, large and small.
So what we rely on, gentle reader, is YOU.
I’m not just begging for myself, but for all author-kind. If you like a book, shout out about it. Mention it in your blog, recommend it to friends, tweet about it, add your review to the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and any other bookish sites that solicit your opinions.
For almost a decade I’ve been blogging about books and reading to anyone who will listen. Some are books that I like, others not so much (but I try to be fair). I blog every book I read and have done since 2009. I have a completely separate book and movie blog on Dreamwidth: https://jacey.dreamwidth.org/
Sometimes it feels like a bit of a bind to finish a book and have to write it up, but I’m so glad I’ve stuck to it. Flicking back through my blog reminds me of all the books I’ve read. How I wish I’d started doing it years ago.