How to Support an Independent Writer

Success in publishing is all about numbers. The more I watch the book scene the more I’m convinced it’s all about  Amazon numbers.This may be old news for many readers, but for some , it’s not.

Let’s talk turkey. When you “like” or “buy”  a book on Amazon that information goes into a database. When a book receives enough attention, Amazon promotes it to selected readers.

So how do inedpendent (Indie) writers get noticed? They don’t have the PR expertise and reach of the New York big 6 publishing companies. They hope that through good writing and word of mouth they will reach their intended audience, so they  work hard on connecting with readers through social media.

Free Books: I don’t trust things that are free, but free books play an important role in the marketing strategy of writers.  When you download a book from Amazon you increase the sales for that writer. That is why they are willing to give away their books. It raises their rankings  on Amazon  increasing their exposure to the market. They also hope that  readers will return to buy more of their work.

Tomorrow and the next day, my blog will be hosting a promotion for free books (Lucky Days Free Par tey). I hope you will stop by and download a few. Know, that even if you don’t read them, you will be supporting and promoting writers and they don’t bite.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

10 thoughts on “How to Support an Independent Writer”

  1. Helpful, explanation, Jo-Ann. I’d always wondered about the freeby listings. Does it work the same way with B & N? I’m a Nook person and never buy anything from Amazon. Do those numbers cross over from B & N to Amazon? Woefully ignorant here. Thanks.


    1. Hi Marsha
      Thanks for stopping by. I think Mimi answered your question.
      Publishing was always difficult, but I wonder if it was ever so confusing.
      Best wishes


  2. Unfortunately those numbers do not cross over to Barnes and Noble. But nothing says a Nook owner can’t buy or even download a free book from Amazon to their computer and then transfer it to their Nook. Isn’t technology wonderful?!!


  3. Independent authors appreciate EVERY download on promo days and every sale otherwise! 🙂 They look at their numbers waaaaaaaay too much. If you love a book, don’t forget to post a review. It makes them deliriously happy.


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