Saturday, September 8, 2018

Lots of great books out there - learn about them, share them and read! 😊

A few months ago I had an instinct to create a Twitter account that would help share other independent author's books. I decided to call it @booksthatsizzle and I used #oneforthewishlist as a way to inspire people to add interesting books to their wishlist on Amazon or their favorite online retailer's site. I thought this would be a neat way to remind people that if they're interested, this was a great way to keep the book in mind for whenever they might be looking for something to read down the line.

The following is slow however, it's consistent. I don't always have time to pop on the site but ideally, I attempt to daily, if not twice a day. Each time, I share some books, follow authors back and check out the notifications. I also throw out some ideas for book lovers on a budget; recommend interesting books to your local library, do online surveys in order to obtain points that can be used toward Amazon gift cards and even offering to write a review for an author in order to get a free copy. The more we get our books out there, the better it is for all of us.

I try to avoid retweeting books by authors who are already famous and best-sellers. This is because I feel this site should be geared more toward helping other new or indie authors get some extra attention. We don't have fat cat publishing companies backing us so it's important that as a group, we band together and help each other out.

So, do I practice what I preach? Do I 'add one to the wishlist'? Actually, I do. I don't order books at a rapid pace because I don't want to have a backlog of them sitting on my shelf but I am a regular Amazon shopper and do add an indie author on my shopping list on a regular basis. Also, I have been known to suggest that my local library order in books that interest me and also, I've donated a few of my indie books to them as well. It all helps.

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