With the Holiday Season just around the corner, I thought I’d share some Popular Holiday Gifts Ideas for that special author on your list!
1. BUY THEIR BOOKS!
It might seem obvious, but just purchasing an author’s book(s) is a gift in and of itself. It helps to compensate them for their hard work. Look for their latest releases and snatch them up. Continuous compensation for their compositions keeps authors composing! And, as an added bonus, give their books out as gifts to others during the holiday season. Books ALWAYS make EXCELLENT stocking stuffers!
2. CHECK THEIR EVENTS!
So, checking an author’s Events Calendar is a good way to see where they’re scheduled to appear, and you can go meet them and get your picture taken with them while giving them gift number one on this list! Visit the author’s website or the publisher’s website and you should find an Events Calendar there. I mean, who wouldn’t like to have a SIGNED COPY of their book, right?
3. GIVE THEM LOVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Do a Google search or if you’re already on your favorite social media platform, seek them out and give your favorite author a follow/like! It won’t cost you a dime and the more followers/likes an author has, the more traffic they’re likely to get to their social media platforms, which translates into more potential buyers of their books! Plus, following your favorite authors helps you develop a relationship with them and interact on their posts. This could even net you exclusive bonus content that other folks won’t get. So, follow them on Facebook and/or like their author page, follow them on Twitter, Instagram and/or Pinterest. And while you’re at it, be sure to subscribe to their blog, newsletter and their Amazon Profile. This is the gift that keeps on giving for sure!
4. HYPE THEM UP!
Now that you’re following them on social media, share their tweets, Facebook posts, etc. In fact, why not tweet or post your reaction to their book(s)? If their latest novel was a must read, then SPREAD THE WORD! Encourage your fellow readers to go out and pick up their copy. And, if you’re feeling uber generous, go all out and support their Kickstarter/Go Fund Me, etc.
5. POST REVIEWS!
When you read an author’s book, they really would appreciate it if you let them know what your thoughts on it was. This is helpful for various reasons including: general feedback for improvement, knowing what you liked about their work. Knowing what their readers think of their work can be rewarding. The best places to leave reviews are on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Also, your review doesn’t have to be like the ones written by professionals, and it doesn’t have to contain a great amount of details either. Just be honest and let them know what your genuine thoughts are. Mention what you liked, how those things made you feel and if it triggered any memories or stirred any thoughts. When other visitors to Amazon and/or Goodreads see the reviews an author has, it often helps them to decide on purchasing the author’s work for themselves.
Regardless of what gift you decide to give, just be sure to give from the heart. Every little bit helps and the author on your list will truly appreciate the effort. Spreading a little holiday cheer with a good review and helping to share the love, because SHARING IS CARING!