Authors work incredibly hard to create the books that we love, and for many, it can be a thankless job. So, of course, as readers we want to support the authors we love as often and as loudly as possible.
The unfortunate truth is that being an author can be both financially and emotionally draining. Unlike most careers, you can't just apply for a job to be a author, you don't receive a salary and benefits, and many don't have the opportunity to go an office every day to write. Most authors are not able to live off of their writing earnings alone.
Writing is also a lonely career. By nature of the work, authors spend a lot of time working by themselves, Plus, being a writer and sending work off into the world comes with a ton of rejection. Publishing is tricky business, and authors have to jump through a ton of hoops to get their work out there. Authors have to be their own advocates all the time, and they fight to have their voices heard.
But as a reader, you have a lot of power. There are tons of easy ways that you can support your favorite authors, and help them become even more successful. From financial backing to creating buzz around their books, here are some easy things that anyone can do to show authors some love.