Supporting Indie Authors

3 Ways to Be a Great Fan

It’s one thing to like someone’s writing, but true fans are hard to come by for a lot of literary professionals. Here are three ways you can do your part to help your favorite authors become successful in their craft and be a sincerely great fan of their work!


 

1. Tell the World

Good fans read the books, blog posts, and magazine articles written by their favorite authors. Great fans encourage others to read their favorite author’s stuff as well. They tweet, blog, email, and post about the book. They pin and Instagram pics of the book when they get it in the mail or download it onto their e-reader. They recommend the author when they text, call, or chat. The never miss a chance to mention the author’s latest book when speaking with a friend, colleague, or family member. These are the behaviors of fans who help create careers for writers that last!

How do you measure up? When is the last time you tweeted about your favorite author’s work or passed one of their books along to a friend or co-worker?

 

2. Get Involved

Many authors (especially independent ones!) have ways that you can get involved with the publishing process for their work. This could mean anything from pitching plots or characters to joining an ARC list. Authors with a little more notoriety may already have a few Goodreads or Reddit groups about them. But if they don’t, a great fan may be the one who starts that group for discussion about the writer themselves and the works that the writer produces. Sometimes just realizing that there is someone in the world devoted enough to a particular artist to create a group based on their career is what can draw other people into considering becoming fans as well.

Have you gotten this deeply involved on behalf of your favorite author(s)?

 

3. Buy Direct

As much as you are able, try buying directly from the author. This could mean purchasing their work from their shop, their website, their booth at a book fair, or directly through their publisher’s site. Purchasing through third parties such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble often takes a healthy chunk of profit out of the author’s pocket. While it isn’t always an option based on where you live, how far you’re able to travel, and other factors, consider doing what you can to deal as directly with the author as possible.

 

 

What else do you do in order to help your favorite author’s succeed in the publishing world? Leave a comment and let everybody know!

4 Free Things Writers Pay For

I cannot tell you how many writers I’ve spoken to who have spent hundreds and even THOUSANDS 🤢of dollars on items and services that they could have gotten without ever pulling out their wallet. ere are just a few.

 

1. Book Publishing 🖨️

You knew this would be #1, didn’t you? My heart shattered when a fellow author told me that they’d spent nearly $3,000 publishing only about 500 copies of their book through a vanity publisher. For such a critical part of beginning to build your audience as an independent author, you don’t want to waste money like this right out of the gate. Especially when there are so many free, cheap, simple options that give you a high level of control over the project. And when you buy in bulk like this, you have to be responsible for storing, protecting (fires, thieves, rodents, insects, water, etc.) and transporting all these books. Whereas, having books printed only when a purchase is made–and without you having to store them–can save you a lot of risk, time, effort, and money.

2. Web Site Setup 💻

Again: easy and free. You can even go for ‘affordable’ and get a website with features like this one for around $10 a month. I could understand paying for a tutorial or some IT help once in a while if you’re super-uncomfortable with technology, but paying someone hundreds of dollars just for clicking a few buttons for you seems absurd, generally speaking.

3. Social Media Setup 👍

Social media profiles are generally free and can be set up within minutes. Once you become a world-famous author, maybe these profiles will get a little overwhelming and you’ll want someone to help you manage them (though that’s still not really necessary in most cases). But please, please, please do not pay anyone big money to do something so simple as merely setting up the profiles for you.

4. Mobile Credit Card Readers 💳

These are free. Please don’t ever pay for these. It makes me sad. One author told me they purchased a PayPal Here reader to use at a book fair, even though they didn’t even know how to use it. They hadn’t even set up a PayPal account yet, let alone a PayPal Business account! Yes, it was only about $20, but that’s $20 that could have gone towards book promotions, literary contest entry fees, a decent dinner, or–most lavishly–a brand new book! I understand that the new mobile readers with chip-compatible technology are available, and they can be relatively expensive, but there are still cheaper ways to get those than paying full price.

 

 

If any of this information is shocking to you, or if you have paid for some of these things yourself, I’m available for consultation as needed. As independent authors, we need to learn to reserve our resources (especially liquid cash), by not paying for things we don’t have to. If there’s a YouTube video, blog post, or pod cast that can teach you how to do something, learn and go do it for yourself for free!

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Affordable Services for Indie Authors

After all the hard work you’ve done to craft, edit, and market a great story, don’t lose out on potential sales because you didn’t promote in every way that you could!

Promoting Via Volo Press

If you go to the Volo Press Services page (volo-press.com/services), you’ll find regularly updated statistics regarding the digital footprint that Volo Press has online. For some of the lowest fees on the web, you can have your hard work shared with another segment of people who appreciate good writers like yourself who produce good work.

Promotion Options

$0: Free Book Review (not necessarily dedicated and likely, but not guaranteed, digital copies only)

$5: Inclusion in 2 semi-monthly newsletters

$5: 7 days of tweets on Twitter (1 per day)

$10: 1 dedicated Facebook post

$20: 1 dedicated LinkedIn post

$25: Showcase Post (cover, blurb, excerpts from reviews)

$30: Review Feature (a dedicated, guaranteed review, hard copies accepted)

$50: Volo Press Sidebar ad (one month duration)

 

Ready to get started? Go to Volo-Press.com/Services now!