How to support writers and help build a writing community

bookshelf3So many of you writers out there are working diligently on your manuscripts, and then hope that the industry will support you when you’ve ‘arrived’ and your book is on the shelves. But in order for you to get to that point in your career, you need to help others along too.

How you can help writers that you love:

Ask your library to order it in. If you pre-order the book with the library before the book comes out it will let them know they need to order another!

Request their books at libraries after the book is out. Let librarians know there is a demand. Get the circulation up!

Ask for their book in every bookstore you go into. Retail staff are attuned to customer needs, so if you and other continually ask for certain books it piques there attention and let’s them know it’s a book to be aware of.

Review their book on Amazon, Goodreads and other bookish sites. Word of mouth is a big part of bookselling and online sales make up a big part of the business. Share your passion for the book with the internet.

Use social media to alert your followers. If you’ve built a social media following being your terrific, authentic self, then your followers want to know what your recommendations are. Don’t be afraid to tout books you love!

If you support writers that are already out there, then they’ll hopefully be ready to help you too. It’s a mix of marketing and karma!

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.  – Bertrand Russell

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

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