Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Helping Hand

I have a request, it’s a small one, and takes little of your time, but it can help me a lot. Below is a list I found about free things you can do to help out an indie author. While none of my books are up on Amazon yet, they will be soon.

Please help on Goodreads if you have one, and vote on this list. Breach is currently 262, and Obsession is currently 1061. With each vote they can move higher up in rank, especially Obsession (a few votes can move it 
about 500).

Another free way gives you a little surprise as well. For those who are willing to help will receive one of the book marks below. I will send 6, but request you give five of them away to friends, family, co-workers; anyone who would be interested. Are you interested in helping me in this way? Please PM Catastrophia Of Trinity if you are.

FREE things you can do to help an indie author:

--"Like" their Facebook book or author pages. Lots of book pages feature indie authors. When you see one of them as you're scrolling, hover over their names and click "like" when the box appears. If you're not interested in seeing their updates on your timeline, un-check the box that appears when you over over "liked."

-- "Like" them on Amazon. Tags have disappeared and the "Like" button seems to be vanishing, too, but some book pages still have it. Give them some love while you still can.

-- Shelve them on Goodreads. You don't have to rate them or review. Simply putting them on a shelf -- according genre or whether it's first-person, love triangle, whatever-- helps make the book more popular.

-- If you have read the book, please give the author a review. It doesn't have to be glowing or wordy. Just saying one or two things you liked, or even stuff you didn't like, is sufficient. Post your review on Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, B&N, iTunes... The more places, the better, and it's okay to cut-and-paste the same review to each site.

--Tweet or post on Facebook about books you liked.

--If Amazon sends you an email about the book, give it a click. It helps the book gain rank in the algorithm.

-- Re-Tweet or share their posts about their book, sales, excerpts, etc.

-- Next time you're at the library or bookstore, ask them to carry the book.

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