I’ve recounted in the past on how I’ve been having a difficult time, getting help from people I know to get the word out about my work. Well, it’s within recent time where it has dawned on me that perhaps one reason why that hasn’t been happening is that they may not know how to help. Not everyone is as familiar with supporting creatives as others, and that is why today, I decided to give tips on how to support your favorite writer. (Please note that while I’m referring in context to writers in this listicle, it really is applicable to any creative out there; such as filmmakers, music artists, graphic artists, etc.) Let’s get it going:
1. Buy and read their works.
It’s one thing to go on and congratulate the writer on a job well done; whether if they wrote a book, a short story for an anthology, an essay for a website, etc. But to actually go and buy and read their works makes whatever praise you have for them all the more legit. It shows that you’re willing to make the time to actually read the work they’ve spent blood, sweat, and tears on. Not to mention that if you purchase their works, you’re also supporting them financially too, which is a big deal for any creative. In other words, don’t just tell them how proud you are. Show them.
2. Tell other people about their works.
While it’s great for a writer to have their friends and family to read their works, it’s not enough if the intent is for their work to be read by much larger audiences. That’s why word of mouth is key. Orally tell people, text about it, tweet about, post on Facebook about it, smoke signal about it if you want. The more ears you tell, the more interest you generate.
3. Rate and review their works.
This is especially crucial if the writer is a writer of books. Similar to how podcasts work, ratings and reviews are needed in order for a book to pop up in people’s searches. The less there are, the less likely it’s going to be discovered by others. However, please be mindful when reviewing a book, and don’t include any of these in your review.
4. Ask for their works at your local library.
The library is a great place to search for books, articles, music, and other resources of a similar kind. However, the librarians who work there aren’t always going to be aware of every single release out there. So if the book is not already available at said library, recommend it. Advocate for it. You’d be doing the writer a huge favor by doing so.
5. Recommend the writer for events.
Whether if it’s (again) for your library, at your university, the nearest Comic-Con to you or something else, get your favorite writer’s name out there as a speaker. A number of writers are open to orally discussing their works and/or topics they actively write about, as a way of engaging with readers and potential readers in the flesh. So please, if and when the opportunity is appropriate, toss their name in the hat.
6. Support their crowdfunding campaign.
Some writers – like other content creators – have crowdfunding campaigns. Whether it be by Patreon, Ko-fi, or some other platform, not a lot of creatives get paid much – if at all – for the work that they do. Similar to purchasing their work, if you want to show your support and can afford to do so, then put your money where your mouth is and support the writer via their crowdfunding campaigns.
Hopefully this helps for anyone who is looking for ways to support their favorite writer (or creative, in general context). Not all writers are in as fortunate of positions as their mainstream counterparts who have all the support and riches coming their way on a regular. A small gesture of support for the writer can go at much greater lengths than just singing the praise to their face.
An Absolute Mind is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CreateSpace, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. If you read it, please leave a review, for they’re greatly appreciated, they help me grow as a writer, and they help with getting other people to find out about it. Also, be sure to check out its Goodreads page, and feel free to leave any questions you have about the book.
Also, if you are able to, I hope you can go support me in all that I do by leaving a tip over on Ko-fi. I do a lot of writing that I get paid very little for or not at all, and so this is a way of showing your support other than just reading my content. Donations of varying quantities and frequencies are greatly appreciated.