1. Support small presses and indie writers by  selecting  and reading their books. Often small presses cater to a niche or special interest (many times in subjects which larger houses won’t touch because of small marketing numbers).

2. Suggest books you like to your friends and family. Readers create buzz for books. Blog about a book you loved.

3. Write a short review on Amazon or Goodreads. A few kind words can make all the difference.

4. Request your local library purchase a copy of a book you’ve enjoyed. Many libraries allow patrons to make requests online.

70 responses to “HELP AN AUTHOR

  1. This advice is so good! As a community of writers we need to be encouraging and promoting each other! These are some great ways!

  2. Little big pea

    Thank you for liking my post and encouraging us :) My best regard to you

  3. Hi Ellis. Help An Author is a wonderful initiative aiding budding authors. Looking forward to reading your novel.

  4. Thanks for liking my post. It’s encouraging to hear from another author. There is so much to learn and your insights are very helpful.

  5. Excellent blog; keep up the god work. Signed: The Crazymad Writer.

  6. Thank you for liking my blog post. I’m posting this on facebook with credit. Best wishes on all of your work and the inner journey! Namaste

  7. Thanks for stopping by Evolution Made Easier and liking my post. I always appreciate when someone takes the time to do that, plus it helps me find out what they’re up to, like this Help An Author page of yours. Very nice!

  8. Thanks so much for liking my blog post at Garden of Presence. Have a day filled with success, joy, and wholeness.

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  10. Thanks for liking my posts :D
    I wanted to post my review for your book on Amazon as well but they didn’t let me.

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  12. These tips are perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Thank you Ellis for liking my post! I like your ‘help an author’ page and I will have a look at your book :)

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  15. I re-blog reviews and also post specials and announcements or excerpts and so forth. If you ever would want a boost, let me know… my contact tab is best – use e-mail.
    sincerely, best wishes for success

  16. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I like your “Help an Author” page!

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  20. Appreciate you liking my post. I really enjoyed your site. I can’t wait to unleash my Halloween Hijinks book week by week online. I hope it resonates with kids and adults of all ages :-)

  21. Thank you for visiting my blog…you have great ideas here…WordPress seems to be an excellent environment to encourage authors.

  22. Great post, especially for a new author… Very encouraging!

  23. Wonderful post, thank you! I have chosen, myself, to self-publish because I can control the rights to my works, and because I love supporting the greater author community out there that hasn’t been picked up by larger publishing companies. It doesn’t mean they aren’t wonderfully talented authors!

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  25. Thanks, Ellis. Sometimes I feel like I’m still out here competing with the huge publishers like David vs Goliath. I think too many people equate “self published” with “not a good enough writer to be considered by an established imprint.”


    • I think there’s a lot of focus on how easy it is to publish. Not enough attention given to how rare it is to suceed financially with ANY published work.

    • These are great ideas! Thank you for your attention to writers. You hit on the most successful websites to help authors. Another would be Instagram, it is so popular with all ages. Post a picture of someone’s book and comments. That’s okay isn’t it?

  26. Great blog and advice! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. It’s a lot of fun to interact with other indie writers :)

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  28. Great post, I think I will re-blog this.

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  30. Every little helps, you’re right!

  31. Nativegrl77

    Appreciate the visit ..yes, i did notice !!

  32. plpministries

    Great advise…Thank you!

  33. Thanks for visiting a fellow author. Love the dog post.

  34. Great advice – shared on facebook! Best. David

  35. I also would love to re-blogger this,I am new to being self employed, and taking the time to get your name out their is a struggle, my grandmother ran a library in a small town out in the Berkshires, and my aunt now runs one in NY(Irvington), so we are from a family of book lovers, anything to help.

  36. Excellent advice! Good luck in your writing career.

  37. hi ellis thanks for visiting my blog!

  38. Thanks for this great advice. Great blog.

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  40. All great points. Thanks for highlighting them!

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  42. Yay! Someone should have said this ages ago! May I have your permission to reblog this? I love it!

  43. Thanks for liking my post hun and good luck to you. I send you good karma.

  44. Ellis, an emerging author thanks you. Good karma. And thanks also for dropping by and liking my blog.

  45. As you give so shall you receive (or so someone once said!). Keep putting out the good stuff, Ellis. You must love having a hard copy to hold and cherish. Blogging is wonderful but SO intangible! Cheers, David.

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  47. Thank you, Ellis. In response to your recent post on Pacific Rim Press:
    When you download ‘LEGEND OF THE CATHARS, December 21- 23, please take the time to ‘like’, actually read and then review it. Thanks!

  48. Very good ideas! Thanks for posting them so plainly, I believe I will take your example and add similar encouragement to my blog.

  49. That is so true… trying to get my book out there seems impossible… and i know every review helps the book and really cheers me up… that’s also why i love giving reviews…

  50. Thank you for the advice . I’ll do that next time i’ii go to my favorite bookstore

  51. I am all for anything that promotes new talent, thanks ellisnelson.

  52. Yes! Well said. I absolutely agree.

  53. Thank you for posting this!

  54. Thanks… I will do that for you… peace and joy.

  55. I appreciate this advice. Thanks, Beryl

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  57. Thank you for the encouraging words!

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