Writers write. Readers read. Do you write for your readers? A few simple steps could keep you in front of your readers all the time.
#1. Do you write in different genres? Separate each and check your stats and sales in the various categories.
#2. Check your followers. See who shows interest in your stories and asks questions or give comments.
#3. Look at both your blog and website. Do you interact with your readers through the comment section?
#4. If you do a book event, are part of a book event, or have a signing at a special place, do you give your readers plenty of notice with all the pertinent information, driving directions or websites?
I’m certain you can add more avenues to check out. Keep your findings . (You are making a track sheet, right?)
Now, look at you the writer.
#1. Do you send out a big “thank you” when a reader purchases a book? Yeah, the old-fashioned kind by postal services. Even in high-tech times, readers want to feel special..
#2. Do you have a special notebook you bring to all your signings? These include book store events or a conference. Ask your attendees to sign with either an address or email address. Then, send a short “thank you” within a few days.
#3. Acknowledge your readers on social media. Make each reader feel special. Do not answer with a carbon-copy on each media..
#4. Give back to your readers. Have fun contests and free book giveaways. Freebies are a great way to get your work out. Do not ask for anything in return, except a review. AND…then remember, each reader has their own concept and if a low review comes in, still thank the reader. Next time, it can hit the #5 star.
Most of all, have a great relationship with your readers. Without readers would you write?
Some of this may sound old-fashioned, but respect, responsibility and a great “THANK YOU” never goes out of style.
Happy Writing. Happy Readers.