18 Ways to Support an Author (Besides Buying Their Book)

18 Ways to Support an Author (Besides Buying Their Book)

If you are an avid reader, then there are authors in your life. Lots of them. You may not know them personally, but you know the genius of their words.

As an author, my friends and family often ask how they can support me in my writing journey.

I mean, everyone knows that you can support an author by buying their books. That’s a no-brainer.

But what if their book isn’t yet published? What if books aren’t in your current budget? What if the author already enjoys fame and fortune and you simply want to show some appreciation for their incredible work?

Easy.

Here are 18 ways to support an author without spending a penny.

1. Follow them on social media

Authors are constantly looking to grow their readership, and social media is one of the primary channels for doing so.

2. Engage with them on social media

Go beyond liking or following and share, comment on, and retweet their content.

3. Sign up for their email list

Bonus for this good deed: you’ll often be the first to hear about giveaways and new book launches.

4. Read their blog

If they have a blog, check it out. The more eyes, the better.

5. Engage with their blog

Comment on posts and share your favorites with your friends. There’s nothing worse than writing a blog that feels like an echo chamber.

support an author6. Thoughtfully review their books

Book reviews influence buying decisions, for better or for worse. If you enjoyed a book, leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble.

7. Spotlight them on your blog

Offer to interview your favorite author on your blog. This is especially helpful for debut or self-published authors.

8. Review their book on your blog

Do you review books on your blog? Go ahead and slot their book(s) in.

9. Add their book(s) to your Goodreads lists

Let your fellow bookworms know the author’s book is on your ‘to read’ or ‘currently reading’ list.

10. Name-drop in conversation

If people ask about your new favorite books or authors, don’t hesitate to mention them.

11. Do the book club bump

Recommend your new favorite books and authors to your book club.

12. Go straight to the source

If you’re friend or a fan, why not drop the author an email or social post with compliments? It will absolutely make their day.

13. Don’t forget the library

You know, home of all the books? Check out their book from the local library.

14. Plug the book locally

If your hometown library or bookstore isn’t already carrying the book, suggest it to them.

15. Take a selfless selfie

Share a photo of you with the book or the book against an exciting backdrop on social media and tag the author.

16. Show up when it matters

If the author lives nearby or is stopping in your area on a book tour, check out their release party or book signing and bring a couple of friends with you.

17. Get that book noticed

Read your hard copy in public (at the coffee shop, on the bus, at the airport), where other nosy readers will take note.

18. Pay it forward

Lend or gift your copy of the book to a friend who will enjoy it and ask that they do the same.

Authors truly appreciate any effort you make to help spread the word and support them.

You may even make a new friend or pen pal in the process.

Do you have good author karma? How else can we support authors? Let us know in the comments!

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33 comments

  • Doug and Jan Parker says:

    Very good, intend on posting this to our Facebook page.

  • deb says:

    Great post Megan! I was starting to get bitter that my friends who feign support did not respond as I felt they should. Finally, I realized that they didn’t know how.
    Now, when I feel neglected, I stop and take time to show support to another author.
    Thanks again for sharing this.

  • Shea says:

    Wonderful ideas here. Am going to share.

  • Tina says:

    Lending or gifting the book is a hard one for me to see as supporting an author. I’ve read that books are intellectual property and should not be passed around because each reader should pay the author in order to read the book. It’s like giving someone a copy of your computer software. I realize this is controversial, and so is a lending library.

    • Megan Sharma says:

      You definitely raise a good point, Tina! I think perhaps the benefit of sharing books is that the author is introduced to new readers who will (hopefully) buy more of their books in the future, but there are no guarantees!

  • Erika Berglund says:

    Love this! I just published my first book so I am going to share this list on Facebook so all of my friends and family know what to do:)

  • Part time CFO services UAE says:

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  • Megan Sharma says:

    Thank you!

  • Megan Sharma says:

    Wonderful, thank you!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Great suggestions.

    I do quite a few of them.

    THANK YOU.

  • Lauren Scott says:

    These are great tips; I’ve done many of them. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Diann Miller says:

    These are great tips, thank you Megan, I plan on sharing your site with my writer friends, I know they will find your content helpful. One of them recently told me about this site, http://peachill.com, a story-telling platform, that caters to both authors and readers. It hosts a fantastic collection of genres, I was impressed with what I found! Thanks again!

  • John Feldman says:

    Awesome list! Just shared on my Facebook page and told everyone they better do all of the following, or else.

    I said it jokingly, but, you know…

    Thanks for the great piece!

  • Matt says:

    thank you for this. i love to read and support authors as much as i can. they play such an important role in our society and civilization – especially the good ones 😉 you offer some great ideas supporting these wonderful people

  • Megan Sharma says:

    Thank you, Matt! You rock!

  • Joyce Lamela says:

    Hi Megan,

    I’m a self-published author. I struggled quite a bit in marketing my books. This article is very helpful. I am thinking of copy pasting this to my social media accounts so that my friends can read this. Haha! Thank you for creating this type of article. This helps a lot 🙂

  • Megan Sharma says:

    I am so thrilled to help, Joyce! I am also a self-published author, so I feel your pain! Cheers!

  • Rajkumar says:

    What a great post! After so many months, I read an article which is not based on making money and totally based on making relations. Also, you shared a big list of ideas through which you can show gratitude to fellow bloggers. You are truly an inspiration for us.

  • Megan Sharma says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words! Happy writing to you!

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