In this age of social media, there are great benefits to following your favorite authors! You might get an exciting email like the one I just received from Katherine Center! (I’m trying and failing to tone down my excitement at the prospect of receiving her next book seven months before its official release.)
Marketing their work is not easy for a writer, many of whom tend to be quiet and cerebral. In fact, just this morning, Wade Rouse (pen name Viola Shipman) did a post on how difficult it is to promote fiction because it is so personal and subjective. But if you follow authors on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads (some even accept friend requests) you support the writer and you get news about book releases, tours, and giveaways. It’s a win-win!
Here are authors I follow. Most are very gracious about interacting with their readers:
- Katherine Center (Facebook, Goodreads)
- Boo Walker (Facebook, Goodreads)
- Wade Rouse (Viola Shipman)–he has pages on Facebook using both names
- Mimi Matthews (Facebook)
- Rhys Bowen (Facebook)
- Fredrik Backman (Facebook, Goodreads)
- Mary Balogh (Facebook)
- Lynda Cohen Loigman (Facebook, Goodreads)
- Becky Monson (Facebook)
- Jennifer Peel (Facebook)
- Catherine Ryan Hyde (Facebook)
- Khaled Hosseini (Goodreads)
- Karen McQuestion (Goodreads)
- Kristin Harmel (Facebook)
- Jennifer L. Wright (Goodreads)
- Michael Finkel (Goodreads)
- Jillian Cantor (Goodreads)
- Julie Berry (Facebook, Goodreads)
You can also keep up with authors by following them on Amazon. There isn’t the personal interaction, but you will receive an email when new books are released.
So, a fun tidbit on getting the scoops and fun surprises like the one I had today! One important thing I’ve learned is that authors appreciate our help very much.