What constitutes supporting an Indie author? Let’s ponder a few scenarios, shall we?

1. If you buy a book by an Indie author you know, but don’t read it, are you supporting them?

2. If you buy a book by an Indie author you know, and read it but don’t leave a review, are you supporting them?

3. If you buy a book by an Indie author you know, read it then tell a friend about it, are you supporting them?

4. If you buy a book by an Indie author you know, read it and write a mediocre review on Goodreads/Amazon, are you supporting them?

5. If you don’t buy a book by an Indie author you know, as it doesn’t sound like your thing, but you like their posts on social media and help promote them, are you supporting them?

Read on down below if you want my thoughts…

Number 1 = Heck no! If I buy a loaf of bread, but don’t eat it, it goes to landfill and damages the environment. An unread book is similar; you’re wasting precious resources. Give it to someone who cares.

Number 2 = Yes, somewhat. Actually reading it supports their writing, though you could do one better and help spread the word.

Number 3 = Yes. Hooray for you, what an awesome Indie supporter you are!

Number 4 = Yes, absolutely. Even a mediocre review shows that you engaged with the book.

Number 5 = Yes, and you’re supporting them also by not patronising them – if you don’t read their genre, but you still help promote them, that’s a better tip of the hat!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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