Do you know who your local authors are? There is a good chance that a published author lives in your community. In my own community of Cheyenne everyone knows about C.J. Box, but Cheyenne friends, did you know there are other nationally-known (and internationally-known) authors here, as well, including Amanda Joy Cabot, Joanne Kennedy, Mary Gillgannon, and ahem, Tina Ann Forkner? And that’s not even counting the Indie authors who have cropped up in the last few years. In the name of literacy, local authors need you to know about and talk about our books.
We authors know without a doubt that local readers are often the most supportive, so if you know who we are, you can help spread the word. We would also love for you to read our books!
You can almost always find our books at online stores or order them from stores near you. And don’t forget the champion of local authors everywhere, your local library. We just want you to have access to our stories and to know we are here in your own communities.
Authors rarely talk publicly about the difficulties of trying to reach readers in today’s complicated publishing industry, but privately we are saddened by how few books the stores are able to carry anymore. That means you might not be hearing about our books very often, and possibly not at all.
Consider replacing a couple of your weekly lattes with a book by a local author that you’ve been meaning to buy, online or in-person, or purchase a book by a new-to-you author you’ve never tried before.
Please support your local authors by reading their books and spreading the word in your communities, and beyond.
Tina Ann Forkner, Author