Talk to people about YFA’s newest book, let them know why you like it; mention it at dinner with cousin Trudy or in an email to a friend you think might like it. And if you have no friends who fall into this category, consider that you might need to get out more.
The next time you are in a bookstore, ask for YFA’s newest book, and also for one of his or her backlist. If they don’t have it, look surprised. If they volunteer to special order it, say, thank you, but (a) I saw a pile of them at B&N or (b) I’ll get it from Amazon.
Every once in a while, buy one of YFA’s books new. If you have Joe Morgenstein’s fifteen volume series of novels about a pirate with a weakness for high heels, but you got them all used, then consider buying volume sixteen, Manolo Masquerade, new. Because used books don’t really help YFA out much.
If you visit the author’s website or weblog, look for clickables. You know, “digg this” or “stumbled upon” or “technorati favorites” or “email this to a friend”- and click ’em – in moderation, but do click. Think of it as a thumbs up, much appreciated by YFA.
Concise Amazon reviews that provide balance Maybe not so much in terms of actual sales, but they do a lot to dispel that feeling that you’re shouting into an empty room.
Let’s turn this around
Edited to reformat and reformulate::
Let’s take for granted that you want a good story, plot, characters, and all that. What else makes the experience of reading a novel or a body of work more enjoyable or interesting? You can pick all or none of 1-13, or tell me to mind my own business with 14. If there’s something you’d like to suggest, please mention it in the comments. (if you don’t see the poll, hold on; I’m tinkering).
Well, shoot. The polling plugin isn’t working with the new version of WordPress, so I’ll have to do this the old fashioned way. Here’s a list of things you might like or dislike. If you are so inclined, could you tell me which ones appeal to you?
- maps (somewhere inside the book)
- illustrations (other than maps)
- a note from the author about how the book came to be
- a note from the author on the research (if there was any)
- suggestions for further reading that’s relevant to the book’s theme or setting
- a cast of characters list
- footnotes (this has been done in novels, specifically in The French Lieutenant’s Woman, for example)
more specifically to the author, are these things you’d rather have, or not have
- an author website
- an author weblog that is regularly updated
- a discussion forum maintained by the author
- discussion forum, but it can be anywhere and the author doesn’t need to be present
- author biography
- book recommendations and reviews
- writing tips and exercises
- interviews with other authors
Use the comments to tell me what you think, okay? This would be a help to me — and other authors, too.