Practical Tips For Authors To Engage With The Readers’ Community
In today’s digital age, where countless books are published every single day, it is crucial for the authors to seek the attention of the readers. Moreover, the modern days authors also need to engage with the readers’ community on a regular basis, since the competition for them has raised up to an exponential level. Every day, several new books are releasing, which is marking the entry of several new authors as well in the book market & readers’ world. Now, you would not like your readers’ base to slip away to any of the new authors, unless you are not among one of those new authors. Therefore, it becomes necessary for you to find out ways to form an engagement with the readers’ community!
There are several ways of achieving the attention of the readers’ community; you can find many of those ways on the internet very easily with just a few clicks. Now, the real question is that are those ways or methods of gaining the attention of the readers feasible enough for you to follow! The answer is a big no, in most of the cases since you find that the tips given in many of the blogs are very much impractical for you or anyone else to follow. Therefore, in this write-up, we are going to present you with some of those tips that are very much practical in nature for you to follow in order to form an engagement with the readers’ community.
For any author, the ultimate target is to establish a loyal readership & foster an ever-lasting relationship with their audience. Therefore, connecting with the readers on different levels is an extremely required task for the authors in order to attain success of their books. It is not just about writing a good book, but also about creating a relationship with the readers. In addition, it is also essential for the authors to understand their target audience & the preferences of their audience so that they can present the readers with the materials of their choice & gain their attention too!
Well, here are 10 Practical Tips, which you should definitely follow in order to gain engagement with the readers’ community –
Use Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool to connect with readers. Create a social media account dedicated to your writing and use it to promote your book, share your writing journey, and interact with your readers. You can share behind the scenes stories, answer questions, and even ask for feedback from your readers.
Attend Book Events
Attend book events such as book fairs, book signings, and author readings. These events provide an excellent opportunity to meet and connect with readers who are interested in your genre or writing style!
Create a Website
A website can be an excellent platform to display your writing and connect with your readers. You can include a blog section where you can share your writing journey, provide writing tips, and offer exclusive content for your readers.
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Get Feedback on your Work
Another great way to engage your audience is to get their feedback. Show them your upcoming cover, share art that you can have made, or ask for your audience members’ thoughts upon your works in progress.
Respond to Emails & Reviews
Responding to emails & reviews can help you connect with your readers on a personal level. Respond to emails from your readers, even if it is just a simple thank you note. Responding to reviews, whether good or bad shows that you value your readers’ opinions and you are committed to make improvements your writing!
Provide Exclusive Content
Offering exclusive content to your readers can create a sense of exclusivity and make them feel special. You can provide bonus chapters, exclusive access to new releases, or even offer a discount on your books.
People want to feel like they know you. Sure, they all cannot be your best friend, but that does not mean you need to hold them at a distance. Share about your upcoming writing, what is going on in your personal life, etc. Open up and you will see that your audience will also begin to open up with you!
Simply asking questions of your audience is key for cultivating engagement. It gets them to engage, share with you their struggles, that way you can think of how to better present your product. Are you writing nonfiction? Ask your audience about their struggles. Are you writing fiction? See what your fans’ favourite character is, what parts they liked of the story & which parts they did not like. Being asked makes them feel important & that builds a trust and a bond that will make it easier to sell more books.
Hosting giveaways can be an excellent way to attract new readers and connect with existing ones. You can host a giveaway on social media, your website, or even at book events!
Collaborate with Other Authors
Collaborating with other authors can help you reach a new audience and connect with readers who may not have heard of you before. You can co-author a book, create a joint website, or even host a joint book event.
In conclusion, connecting with readers is essential for any author to succeed. Using social media, attending book events, creating a website, responding to emails and reviews, providing exclusive content, hosting giveaways, and collaborating with other authors are practical tips that can help you connect with your readers and build a loyal following. By implementing these tips, you can create a personal relationship with your readers and turn them into lifelong fans!
Written By NEEL PREET – Author of the Books, Voice From The East (2016); Journey With Time Place And Circumstances (2018) & Indian Defence Files (2021).