Wouldn’t you love it if you had anonymous advocates for your book?
People who read your book and enjoyed it so much that they are telling people they know and meet about your book. They might even recommend your book on Facebook or Goodreads, without ever having interacted with the author. They did so because they loved the book and wanted to share it, not because they were asked to promote it.
Such word-of-mouth support would just be golden.
You could be the anonymous supporter for wonderful books that you’ve read.
If they are, in fact, wonderful books, they very much deserve your support. If also you paid very little for said book, while deriving much enjoyment from it, your support would be a great way of leaving a little tip for all the time and effort that must have been put into making that book wonderful.
The positive things you do just for the sake of doing good (for those things that are worthy of your support) may return something positive to you some day.
Or at least you’ll be in a more positive mindset, knowing that you’ve done good deeds, so that you’re more likely to see the good things in your own future, rather than focusing on the negatives.
Or maybe a few of the people who see all the good you’re doing will feel the urge to do something nice for you.
Don’t perform good deeds for the mere hope that good deeds may come back to you. Rather, do them because you see the value in doing the good deed itself.
And for those who are slamming the competition or playing unfair, they are probably shooting themselves in the feet. But they are also inviting bad karma to someday repay them the favor.
Or at least they’ll be in a more negative mindset, perhaps worried about possible bad karma, more likely to see the bad things in their future, taking anything positive for granted.
Or maybe people who see all the bad they’re dishing out will be more reluctant to do nice things for them.
There is another reason to support good books.
It helps to create a better brand for the book industry, which helps everyone.
Show what positive wonders there are in the book world. Show the best examples of great stories and great writing.
This helps to attract more readers overall.
Show examples of great self-published books, and that helps to recruit more support for self-publishing.
Show examples of great Kindle Unlimited books, and that helps to recruit more subscribers for Kindle Unlimited.
But focus on the poor features of the worst books, and that hurts these brands, deterring readers.
After all, books are competing against videos, movies, games, and other media.
Copyright © 2014 Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers
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