I have a plan, and the plan is to get people talking about books more than Kardashians. The plan is broken down into five easy steps as they relate to authors and their books. Thank you for taking part in “Operation: Stop Giving This Talentless Family Attention”. I appreciate your patronage.
Buy their books: Pretty obvious, I know, but this really is the best way to support an author. Of course, Amazon is always going to be the most cost-effective avenue for this…but if you really care about royalties and the like, consider buying directly from the publisher. You’re cutting out the middle man (Amazon), which means more money is going towards the author and the publishing house. The best thing you can though–and authors fucking love this–is request a signed copy. Seriously, don’t be shy. Chances are the author has a small stack of copies sitting around specifically for this reason.
Read and review: Reading isn’t the problem. Reviewing, on the other hand, is about as impossible as Stephen Hawking trying to breakdance for some people. They just don’t (or can’t) do it, and that’s unfortunate because this is one of the biggest ways in which to support (or take down) an author. Second only to the author blurb, reviews serve as an endorsement…and we can never get enough of those. Honestly, I don’t base my book-buying decisions based on reviews, but some people do…and for that demographic, every review matters. So, please…pretty please…if you read a book, try to review. Doesn’t have to be fancy or particularly long. A paragraph or even a couple sentences can make all the difference. Having said that, the more places you post your review the better. I’m talking Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, etc. Spread that shit around.
Connect online: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, tumblr, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Pinterest…all that shit. If you like an author, feel free to stalk their ass. Chances are if you dug their book you’ll dig their social media feeds.
Sharing is caring: Authors–especially the independent ones–don’t just benefit from word of mouth…they depend on it. Not very many authors have an advertising budget. We can’t afford ad space on Goodreads and Amazon. And we typically don’t get big reviewers like Kirkus or Publisher’s Weekly because they want some ungodly amount of money to review the thing. That means we end up leaning on the reader pretty hard to talk us up, and all things considered, it’s really not that difficult. Share an Amazon link, share quotes, share pictures of the book. Spread the word. This is how one sale becomes three…becomes twenty-six…becomes nine-hundred-and-eighty-four. The last nine out of ten books I picked up where all because I kept hearing about them, either through social media or writers’ forums or a friend. Word of mouth is actually more powerful than advertising, but it’s the readers that make it happen.
Connect in real life: Sometimes authors have readings, and sometimes they just so happen to be in or around your location. In the event that that happens–fucking go. Show up, cheer, clap, drink, buy the author drinks, get your book(s) signed, take pictures. All that shit.
Good Sex, Great Prayers is my first new novel release in over five years, a perfect storm of erotica, faith, and Yorkshire Terriers–or, as people have been saying–“nothing like what I expected” and “reminiscent of early Stephen King.” It’s all been pretty damn good so far…but I’ll need your help in order the keep the biscuit wheels on my gravy train from crumbling. If you’re tired of living in a world of remakes, reboots, and sequels (CGI Ninja Turtles anyone??)…here’s your chance to support some truly original content. Here’s how you can help:
Buy the book: You can buy Good Sex, Great Prayers for a low as $6.15 on Amazon. The book is close to 450 pages; you’ll definitely be getting your money’s-worth. It’s also available on iTunes and Barnes & Noble as well.
Read & Review: The best way to get the word out about an author is to talk about their work, so don’t be afraid to drop a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. People do, in fact, read those. Your thoughts matter and can make or break a sale.
Share: Share pictures. Share quotes. Share the fact that you’re reading a novel and NOT watching Kardashian re-runs. Share the review you wrote. Share the novel like you write for Upworthy…something like “this book scared the cum out of me.” If its one demographic that can really use the attention, it’s indie authors.
That’s all it takes, guys.
Thank you to all who helped me put this book together, and thank you to everyone that is willing to give it a chance. It’s been a long two years, but I can already tell it’s going to be worth it.
After over a year of conceptualizing, outlining, writing, editing, formatting, designing, and editing again…I’m happy to announce that Good Sex, Great Prayers is finally on pre-order…and you can get it over on Amazon RIGHT HERE.
However, certain people have expressed an interest in receiving signed copies. If you’re one of them, simply hold off for now; there will be an announcement once those become available (hopefully, in the next month or so). Just make sure you have a PayPal account ready as it’s the only way I can accept payment at the moment.
Finally, make sure to shelve the novel on Goodreads, which can be found by going HERE.
The Fashion of the Christ is now live over at Amazon!! Buy it for 99 cents by clicking HERE!!
Lending is enabled and Amazon Prime members may read for free.
Here’s an excerpt:
Heads of congregations, although attentive to their new flock in search of council, saw the laws of supply and demand at play. Churches became more business-minded. Exploitation, some claimed, as collection plates were no longer optional and altar boys began stationing themselves just outside the main entrances to collect a cover charge of $10 or $20 per person. $50 on Sundays, $200 to sit in the first row of pews, and at more forgiving churches, a “kids worship free” policy. The only thing higher than attendance was revenues, and so new concepts of VIP seating and Fast Pass saw their inception into a religious context. Catholic churches began charging for confessional booths like phone sex; $5.99 per minute to repent to “our most gracious Lord” so that “he may forgive me and restore my Internet.”
“Please,” they’d say, “grant me reprieve for my transgressions and bring back Dancing With the Stars.”
“Allow me passage into thine kingdom and a way to check my Gmail account.”
If you read and enjoyed the story–by all means–please share. You can help spread the word by tweeting, posting to Facebook, reviewing on Amazon, sharing your favorite quotes, etc. Feel free to hit me back in the comments section on your thoughts.