FREE Things You Can Do to Help an Indie Author

--"Like" their Facebook book or author pages. Lots of book pages feature indie authors and post links to their FB pages. When you see one of them as you're scrolling through your FB timeline, hover over their names and click "like" when the box appears. If you're not interested in seeing their updates on your timeline, un-check the box that appears when you over over "liked."

-- "Like" them on Amazon. If there's no button on their book page, click over to their author page and "like" them there.

-- Shelve them on Goodreads. You don't have to rate them or review. Simply putting them on a shelf -- according genre, or whether it's first-person, love triangle, whatever-- helps make the book more popular.

-- If you have read the book, please give the author a review. It doesn't have to be glowing or wordy. Just saying one or two things you liked, or even stuff you didn't like, is sufficient. Post your review on Goodreads, Amazon, Shelfari, B&N, iTunes... The more places, the better, and it's okay to cut-and-paste the same review to each site.

--Tweet or post on Facebook about books you liked.

--If Amazon sends you an email about the book, give it a click. It helps the book gain rank in the algorithm.

-- Re-Tweet or share their posts about their book, sales, excerpts, etc.

-- Next time you're at the library or bookstore, ask them to carry the book.

If you know of any other tips to help out indie authors, please post them in the comments.


  1. Some good tips there. Didn't realize that just by clicking on an Amazon email link would help.

  2. Yep. That big long string of characters which appear in the url after you click on a book tells Amazon where the click came from. If their emails about the book get clicks, they'll feature that book in more of them. Just like if you see it pop up in the "Customers who bought [XXXX] also bought [XXXX]" and you click on it, it helps assure that book will show up to more people as associated with the other book.

    That's the way I understand it, anyway.


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