No, I’m not referring to the electronic device! I’m referring to the human being that buys and reads our books! Cares about our characters or topics! Writes reviews or complaints! If you’re writing for money, you need readers. And whether traditionally, small, or indie published, we need to know how to find them, reach them, and interact with them! In addition to building relationships with our local book sellers (the logo above is from a writer-friendly book store in Palatka, Fl. named Read(think)Books) this electronic world offers other ways to reach beyond the immediate area. Check out these great articles from those in the know!
How Bestselling Authors Use Email To Interact with Readers
An email list can be a great way to build relationships and keep in touch with readers: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/how-bestselling-authors-use-email-to-interact-with-readers_b71775
Reader Tip: Get the Most From Your Amazon Profile
Too many authors underuse the profile Amazon.com provides for authors. It’s accessed through AuthorsConnect, but Amazon visitors (i. e. readers!) access it through the link in your name when you post reviews or other presences on Amazon. You can feed your blog to it and keep the list of your own books up-to-date. And, of course, it allows you to post a fairly comprehensive biography and even a headshot or action photo. Mine is at: http://budurl.com/carolynsamazprofile. This is the only place on Amazon I know of that still has a like button.
[Tip offered by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of how-to books for writers. http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com. Courtesy of AME newsletter.]
And let’s not forget the power of humor~
Famous Authors’ Funniest Inscriptions in Their Books http://flavorwire.com/395039/famous-authors-funniest-inscriptions-in-their-books
See you Wednesday – stay well with all the summer activities and keep reading and writing! Nancy Q.