Whether we are purchasing a book to help us with our genealogy research, to simply learn how to live a simpler life, or to get lost in a fantasy world, books offer us so much. Authors put their heart and soul into writing these books.
Pre-pandemic I enjoyed picking up books at genealogy conferences, book readings, and other events. Right now in this pandemic life, we are in, these events have come to a standstill. No one knows for sure how long this will last or when we will be able to begin large gathering events again. While we can't attend events we are still able to have access to books.
Prior to attending events, authors would stock up on books to bring along in hopes of selling to interested readers. It wasn't until recently that I came across a tweet on Twitter from an author who wanted to let their readers know that instead of purchasing a book from another online source that they would be grateful if the reader would purchase directly from them. The author was sitting on a box load of books that were to be taken to an event to sell. When the event got canceled so did the opportunity to sell her books. This situation had never even crossed my mind until I read her tweet which I ended up sharing to help bring awareness to the situation. I'm sure there are tons of authors who have a supply of books just like the author who sent out the tweet.
We need to support our authors by checking with them first to see if they have copies available for sale before heading off to order them from online booksellers. There are a few ways that we can help to support them.
Search online for the author's name to see if they have a website or social media account where you can reach out to them. Sometimes you can even find an email address. Reach out to them if their book isn't available on their website to ask the best way to purchase the book that will help support them.
Sign up for your favorite authors' newsletter. This will give you a quicker notification about upcoming books and news about the author's work. Some authors have gone to doing live stream events that you can get notifications about if you receive their newsletter.
Check to see what social media platforms they have accounts on and follow them to get instant notifications. This is especially useful if they don't have a newsletter subscription.
Be sure to review any books that you read and use. This helps the authors tremendously. You can write book reviews on popular websites such as Goodreads, LibraryThing, Book Riot, and Bookish. These sites are also a great place to find books to add to your To-Read list!
I am constantly reading and am always looking forward to seeing what new books come out. Let's show the authors' support during these challenging times.