Community is an important word no matter what route and career you choose. Writing can be a lonely experience, and self-publishing often leaves you to wonder if you have to do everything on your own. I’ve concluded that most of the work you sure do on your own, but you will always need people to have your back. Some authors refer to their communities as “street team,” or “army,” or “fans.” I’m not sure I’m there yet, but meet some people who make my books happen!
Before releasing a book, I send Advance Review Copies (ARCs) to the readers who sign up using the form available on my pre-order page. Do you wish to become an ARC reader? Check out the guidelines here.
Every author has (or should have) contributors to rely on. From editors to artists, a book requires many eyes and many forms of creativity. I hire freelancers as much as possible, and some of them kindly offered me their services for free. Meet the team!
Many think that self-publishing is free of costs thanks to KDP. However, there is money to spend. And the costs of self-publishing aren’t fun to deal with, and building a back-list takes time. If you wish to support an independent author and believe in them, by all means, buy their books, their merchandise. Or, if there’s only a tiny amount you can give them, consider donating via PayPal.
Authors also build their community through social media. I’m active on many platforms, although there are some I prefer to others. Check out my accounts and follow me if you like them! I try to follow back as much as possible, as long as your profile is public and you have a bookish account (author/reader).