How To Help Your Favorite Authors

Almost broke my mouse button in my eagerness to share this one. In this day and age a book literally lives or dies based on what the readers are willing to do out of this list…

Notes from An Alien

Authors need all the help they can get—what with shoddy treatment from publishers and the massive number of books being produced—they can definitely use your help 🙂

I’m reproducing, with the author’s permission, an article from Lindsay Buroker‘s site.


As authors, we spend a lot of time trying to promote our books. Our biggest obstacle is obscurity because there are a lot of books out there. No, really. A lot.

We like to think that good stories are all it takes to make it (in author terms “make it” usually means “become well known enough and sell enough books that I can quit my day job and write for a living”), but you can doubtlessly think of mediocre books that are selling bazillions of copies and authors you love who never make it out of the “mid-list” category.

Sometimes it’s just the author (or publishing house)…

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