Over the course of the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a group of wonderful, talented, and amazing people on twitter and it should come as no surprise that they are all a part of the writing community. My biggest regret is that recently I haven’t been able to tweet with them as often as I have in the past – and should any of you happen to be reading this, I miss you all and hope to be back at it soon (right after I finish the short story for the Dead Shoe Anthology).
My debut novel was released in August and I joined The Independent Author Network aka @AuthorNetwork to help market the book. I not only made some new friends, I’ve also have been blown away by what a supportive and tireless group they are. Thank you to @JamieDebree for making me aware of them.
But that’s how we writers and authors roll – we cheer each other on, we celebrate the success of others and commiserate when sales are lackluster or a rejection letter comes via e-mail. These days there are many paths an aspiring author can take, but in the end, we all hope for the same thing. For readers to discover us and enjoy out work.
Writers want to be read. Readers are constantly searching for new authors which got me thinking. With the holidays approaching we are all going to be busier than ever. Nestled between writing, marketing, tweeting, family and work, time must also be made for shopping, family gatherings, parties and gift giving, and okay, taking a selfish moment for some holiday cheer. The hours we stretch each day will be pulled tighter than the drum some hopeful child hopes to find under his or her Christmas tree.
William Potter @WilliamPotter68 created #IAN and spends countless hours promoting authors works. Cynthia Meyers-Hanson @mchanson714 on twitter does an author spotlight each week and uses the hash tag #authorshelpingauthors as a way of paying it forward. Derek Blass @derekblass founded #AmazonLikes which is a fantastic concept and I am only naming a few. There are countless others who use their time and resources to help other authors succeed and I’d like to toss in my meager two cents and ask for your help in promoting the #tagit hash tag.
I’m sure my idea isn’t a novel one – pun intended – but I did a search and haven’t found that hash tag used for promoting authors work. As the holiday season approaches what better gift can we give our fellow authors than the chance to help readers discover their work?
I pledge to tag at least three authors’ books each day. Don’t we all have a few minutes to tag a book or three to help get each other’s books noticed on Amazon? The more Indie Authors do to stand together the louder we will be heard and more readers will discover new favorite authors. And isn’t that what we all want? ‘Tis the season (or soon will be) after all – so let’s give a little as a thank you for all the support our writing community gives to us each day. We can all use a little help from a friend – be a friend, even if you are reaching out to authors you may not know well, but admire. Give back to those who give to you and #tagit.