In one week, my second picture book, ANZU AND THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP, will be officially released. I am elated that this book has arrived, and I hope that it will find its way into the hands of kids, schools, and libraries.
I appreciate all the support I have received from friends, family, and the publishing industry. It truly warms my heart to have so many people reach out to me to tell me that their book has arrived. Before I became published, I had yet to learn of the business side of writing books. I have learned so much from my marketing groups, Busy PBs and 21 for the Books, and I would like to share it here. Did you know that buying books is just one way to help? Here are nine other easy tips to support your favorite author.
1. Preordering or purchasing books from an indie bookseller helps local businesses. Sometimes a book can be purchased signed, and many picture books are even available on Kindle! If you don't have kids, consider gifting books to friends, nieces, nephews, and teachers or donating to organizations that help kids in need.
2. Check out books from a local library. If unavailable, it can be requested! Just search: Your local library + request a book.
3. Leave reviews. Did you know that early reviews help librarians determine which books to carry? You can even review books before the release date on Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. Just copy and paste from one site to the other. When the book is released, copy it again to Amazon.
4. Follow on social media. Like, comment, and share posts about the book. Help spread the excitement! Enter book giveaways.
5. Share the book, especially with teachers. Talk about the books you've discovered. They can add books to their Donor's Choose lists or Clear the List.
6. Attend author events in stores, libraries, or book festivals. Watch virtual events.
7. Browse their websites, sign up for newsletters, and like and comment on blog posts.
8. Add books to want, wish, or currently reading lists.
9. Add the author's book, blog, or posts to Pinterest.
10. If there's an activity or recipe at the end of the book, do it, make it, post it, and share it!
In conclusion, I have many creative friends, even some with businesses. If I can support your efforts, please share in the comments below and let everyone know how we can help you best. It takes a village!
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