The excitement is building. My newest novel, “Chasing Shadows,” will be releasing in just a few weeks. I would love to travel around the country to make the announcement in person and meet readers who’ve been waiting for this book. Unfortunately, that just isn’t possible with the current COVID restrictions. Instead, it’s going to take teamwork to spread the word from coast to coast, and I’m relying on my readers more than ever before to help me.
Some of the work falls to my fabulous Launch Team—more than 100 excited, motivated book lovers who will work with my team director, Christine Bierma, to pass the news to their friends and family members via social media, word-of-mouth, and every other means possible. These team members live all across America, and even in a few foreign countries. They’ll receive a preview copy of “Chasing Shadows” ahead of the publication date so they can read it and begin spreading the word. I’m so grateful to them for their enthusiasm and hard work.
But even if you’ve never been on an author’s launch team, you can still help your favorite authors promote their books. In fact, we rely on our faithful readers every bit as much as on our launch teams. Here are a few simple things you can do to relieve us of the happy burden of letting the world know we have a new book coming out:
- Take advantage of pre-sales to order before the release date. This generates excitement and alerts bookstores and online distributors to what might be a bestselling new book. Click here for 30% off and free shipping.
- Recommend a book you’ve enjoyed to everyone you know. Purchase copies for gifts to introduce others to an author they aren’t familiar with.
- Take a few minutes to write a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It’s a simple step that is vitally important for authors.
- Recommend the book to your book club or small group. My publisher, Tyndale House, offers fun and helpful book club kits on their website, as do most other publishers. Like me, most authors are happy to “visit” with your club via Zoom or Skype.
- Ask your local public library to purchase a copy. I’ve found that librarians are always happy to help their readers discover great books.
- Post a fun, creative photograph of the book cover in an interesting setting.
Authors find it hard, sometimes, to ask our readers for their help. But we aren’t asking because we’re greedy and hope to make a lot of money. Most people would be very surprised to learn how low the average author’s yearly income is. And when you divide that income by the huge number of hours spent writing…well, I doubt if it even adds up to the minimum hourly wage. We don’t write books to get rich. We write because we believe in the message of hope and faith that the Holy Spirit inspires us to offer our readers. And so, if a novel has inspired you, please consider helping the author spread her message to everyone you know. Thank you!