If you love a book you checked out from the library, borrowed from a friend, or received as an ARC, you can support that book in many ways, without spending any money.
Authors know that readers can't buy every book they love. But supporting a book in other ways is valuable because it helps other readers find it. It also makes it more likely that author will get to write other books you might also enjoy. That's what Parker Mills would call a win-win!
1. Share with friends and family! Word-of-mouth remains the best way for a book to succeed. Sharing about a book on your social media sites or in your classes or at work is a great way to help it reach many more people.
2. Leave reviews! Did you know you don't have to buy the book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble to leave a book review there? Especially with the pandemic, a lot of people are searching for books online. Reviews can be short and sweet--these are not school book reports. Reading reviews at these common retail options means more people can feel confident that a book will be a good fit for them. Goodreads and BookBub are reader-focused sites that really help spread the news of a book, too. You can write one review and post the same one to all of these locations!
3. Libraries and Lists: The Two-Part Power of the Patron
Readers actually have a lot of power in publishing. I just think a lot of people don't realize it. I sure didn't, until I was on this side of the book world, too.
So be a super hero and boost a book! Share with friends, leave reviews, and recommend it for libraries and lists!
I promise you, authors thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
To those of you in 4th-8th grade and older, I hope I can offer a smidgen of help & encouragement as you traverse the waters of intermediate school, middle school, and high school.