Robin Bielman shared the photo below on her Facebook page that she received from one of her readers. It made me smile because I know exactly how that reader feels. We are naturally impatient for that next book to come out from our favorite author.
All authors have their own writing pace. Some put out one book a year, others seem to put out a new book every other month. For those authors that are not able to publish books every other month, that leaves us readers waiting…with much anticipation. We don’t want to put pressure on our fave authors but we have to do something to get us through! So, readers, what can we do? I asked this question to two of the street teams I am on and here are some of the things they said (paraphrased)…
- Send them a case of their favorite wine or coffee (okay, this was an author’s suggestion – LOL).
- Share any teasers/trailers/news/hype about the new book coming out to keep it fresh for readers. Read and review previous books.
- Pass out swag, such as bookmarks, to friends about the books and the author.
- Reshare/post anything they have posted about their current books on social media. For example, book blog tours, contests and such.
- Kick them off of social media when they should be writing. (Nicely, of course).
- Talk up their characters to keep a series fresh. Maybe share things with the author that reminds you of their books such as photos of potential characters or songs you hear. You can share this on Twitter or maybe on the author’s Facebook page(s).
- Make something for that author related to their books and send it to them. I know there are crafty people out there, as I have seen pictures of things fans have made.
- For those authors you know well, keep them encouraged. Writing can be hard at and sometimes they need a laugh, to vent or just need a break. Try to be that resource for them.
There are several things you can do while waiting on that next book from your favorite author. This list is by no means comprehensive. Anything you do will help!
Authors – what things from readers encourage you while writing that next book? Readers – what else can we add to the list?