Like many other professions, writing relies on community involvement. You can't just write a book and hope for the best; a mistake made by many, including myself. When I first started out, I had no clue about the vast book world online, and naively thought that having my book on Amazon would be enough. I had no idea how to market myself, and to be honest, I was scared to tell people about my book for fear it wasn't any good. I mean, I loved it, but who's to say others would?
It wasn't until 2016 when I actually started believing in myself. I started following an author, Sloane Howell, and loved the interaction he had with his readers. It was this interaction that made me want to read his books, and we became friends. I'll admit, I picked his brains a lot back then. I had no idea what an ARC was, let alone a takeover. I was clueless.
But this amazing community gave me a shot. The more I started interacting, the more readers I reached, and the more interest I had in my books. People started reading and reviewing; they loved my books!
I made friends with fellow authors, and we still bounce ideas off each other. We go through the highs and lows together, and our readers are right alongside us. It's really quite special.
And now, there is another who has connected with me, and through his page and groups, he has helped so many authors to be recognised and to boost sales, myself included. He is a firm believer of investing in your community, as am I, which is why I started the book blog two years ago, and why I share the links of my favourite books. This week, I've purchased about ten books from authors I've not seen before, and I'm really looking forward to getting into those so I can spread the love. I encourage you to do the same. Find a new to you author and give them a chance, whether it's from a friend's recommendation, a blogger post, or an email from Amazon, dive in and give it a go! I can't tell you the amount of books I've fallen in love with through doing this.
And, if you are an author looking for a boost and want to contribute to your community too, I encourage you to join in JoL's book buying club (https://www.facebook.com/groups/801685080019488/)- he has several genre based groups too, and book buying threads you can join in on. This community truly is amazing, and something I'm proud to be a part of.