More on helping authors you love – and finding new ones to love.

Super Reader, as found on freedigitalphotos.net

Super Reader, as found on freedigitalphotos.net

Sorry, my bloggies and blogettes for the late post.  I have posts almost done, but also have a deadline and right now the deadline is winning.  Because I’m hoping that, if all goes to plan, this deadline will lead to a companion story for Rules are for Breaking (squee!).  For those of you who’ve read it, it’s Kate and Josh’s story and it’s close to my heart, as I love these characters.

But enough of that!  The other day I wrote a post on how to help authors you love stay in print.  Well, today (in a break from the ms) I read another author’s post that illuminates another aspect of how things beyond an author’s control can affect availability of their books.  The post is about the barney between Barnes and Noble and Simon and Schuster and you can read it here.

This is a sad state of affairs for this author.  But the point I want to make is that one of the big problems that all these things cause, for both writers and readers, is in how they affect discoverability.  How do you find the books and authors in the first place, so that you can love them and pre-order new books?

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Readers, flex your buying muscles for authors you love

Super Reader, as found on freedigitalphotos.net

Super Reader, as found on freedigitalphotos.net

I’ve just had a conversation with an author friend that made my blood boil and my hair curl and I want to share it with you because YOU HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THIS BETTER.

Seriously, how many things is that true of?  Not many.  But this is a situation that you, as a reader, as a consumer can have a direct and meaningful influence on.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to PRE-ORDER THE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ.

What, you say?  Why?  What difference does it make when I buy them?  Surely the sale is what matters?

The answer is, yes, it can matter a lot.

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