1)SOUNDING BOARD FOR YOUR IDEAS:
It’s nice to have a sounding board for your ideas. It’s even nicer when the sounding board is awake at odd hours to answer any bizarre questions you have, including which character name they prefer or if they think it’s unusual for someone to crave s’mores at three in the morning. Your readers are from all over the world, and chances are, one of them is awake, no matter the time
2)FANS MAKE THE BEST MOTIVATORS:
The readers in your group are already familiar with your work and are the best fans you will ever meet. Your readers take time from their day to stop by your group, see how you’re doing and offer congratulations (or condolences) depending upon the announcement. I find that most readers are part of several groups since they enjoy interacting with their favorite authors so much. Or in my case, they will hound you for the release of the next book in the series.
3)HELP IN PROMOTIONS:
Members of your group will help you out by sharing and posting information about releases, events, giveaways, and upcoming projects. I placed a share request to my group and they blew up my notifications by tagging me all over Facebook. I really appreciated their help and time, it was one of the most successful giveaways I hosted. Plus, having a reader’s group allows you to pop out of your author cave and share quickly without having to post to six different groups.
4)GIVEAWAYS REACH THE RIGHT PEOPLE:
I like to offer giveaways, but I want it to go to people who appreciate my gift. I had an experience when I was first starting as an author where an autographed copy I donated was resold on Amazon (yes, I purchased it). With all the people who want to read my books, giving a book to someone who only wants to make money, is unfair to my fans. So, I ended up controlling the giveaways through my reader’s group. Large giveaways and special items (such as a ten-pound chocolate bar – there we go with chocolate again) are reserved solely for the lovelies who enjoy losing themselves in my writing.
5)YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR READERS AND THEY GET TO KNOW YOU:
Sometimes you just need a place to go where you know it’s okay to post silly things or personal experience because your readers love your quirks and they want to know more about you. Plus, they love posting funny memes.
Having a bad day? Go here. Authors, for some reason, suffer from the most horrendous form of self-depreciation. I’m not sure if that stems from baring your soul through the written word or not, but your readers’ group is a positive place for you to regroup, find support, and write more. No drama allowed.
My beta readers feel comfortable enough to share their thoughts about scenes or wording which doesn’t make sense or sounds rough when they read ARCs.
This occurs through private message and is not published for the group to see. I love that my beta readers are willing to give me their honest opinion. Sometimes they will parrot something I am already feeling about the story, but often they catch things that I missed because I have not outlined it clearly.
Need a quick read or stuck on a scene? Post the request in your reader group.
I sent out an emergency call to my readers for a novella that needed beta testing in three days. I was amazed by the outpouring of support and their quick turnaround. Not only did I fill the request form in ten minutes, they gave me helpful, positive advice and I was able to submit the story by the deadline.
By the way, this particular story will be published in September.
8)THEY BUY YOUR BOOKS
Seriously, they’re mad, little one-clickers. Sometimes they even buy it on more than one platform (i.e. Kindle and ibooks).
9)READERS KEEP YOU UPDATED
They read other authors too.
Chances are, your members are part of more than one reader group. Which means they will share with you upcoming events for other authors, takeover opportunities, and tidbits they have seen in the other groups (you might refer to those as rumors).
10)All IMPORTANT REVIEWS
Readers leave reviews.
Strangely, I found it exhilarating to be compared to other authors. Plus, my readers usually let me know when they have left a review. Typically, my ARC readers will write a review and then hold it until the book goes live, at that point, they post their review, which is a helpful boost during release week.
What are you waiting for? Build it and they will come (pardon the film reference).
A Perfect Plan, Alyssa’s debut novel, won Obsessed by Book’s 2016 Indie Award for Best Historical Read.
Award winning author Alyssa Drake has been creating stories since she could read, preferring to construct her own bedtime tales instead of reading the titles in her bookshelves. Enraptured with all types of writing, Alyssa has tried her hand at short stories, collaborations, and poetry. However, her first love has always been books. She thoroughly enjoys strong heroines and often laughs aloud when visualizing conversations between her characters.