What gives an author pleasure? That is a question I've asked myself, time and again, but I always get the same answer. Recognition of my creations, knowledge that someone, somewhere, enjoyed and appreciated what I have written. For this reason, I feel it is imperative that readers let authors know what they thought of their book.
Such recognition can come in a variety of ways. Which is what I would like to present in this article. How a reader can encourage an author they like.
1. Perhaps the best way to show an author you liked what they wrote is the Review. A review not only tells the author you like his book, it also tells other readers, and there is no better advertising for an author than word-of-mouth. If you really like a book, consider giving a review. The author will absolutely appreciate it.
2. Another way to show an author their work is appreciated is by joining their Mailing List. This tells an author you are interested in their work, and also allows you to keep up-to-date on what the author is doing.
3. Does the author have social media links you can follow? Liking their Facebook page, re-tweeting their Tweets on Twitter, or Following them on many other types of social media is always good. It also helps the author gain other followers, who see the number of Likes or Follows and may decide to check out the author's works.
Those are the most obvious ways, and there are certainly many more. The thing is, if you really like what an author is writing, it is vital that you show them. If readers just read and move on, the author never knows if their work is being read and appreciated. Yes, sales are good, but if the author is writing good material, shouldn't a reader let them know?
Speaking for myself, I would love to have lots of sales and make lost of money, but what I appreciate even more is a comment, a review, or some feedback that lets me know what a reader thought about my book. If you're a reader, and you like an author and their books, why not let them know. It's not time consuming or difficult. I know I would appreciate hearing from my readers.