A Call to Action…
“There are no faster or firmer friendships
than those formed between people
who love the same books.”
Calling all Readers!
Greetings from the craziness of the Baca menagerie and writing cave!
Ever want to help a writer hone their craft? To become better writers, who write better books even faster? Here are some great volunteer opportunities that put you in an exclusive role helping authors fine-tune their latest stories!
All authors need a strong street team. A street team is a group of willing readers that is part of an author’s support system. Readers who are interested in being a beta reader, or an ARC reader, or just a cheerleader for the author.
A beta reader is someone who works closely with the author. This gives you the opportunity to give your input on a working novel in the making. To share your thoughts before anyone else sees the story. You get the chance to read rough drafts, either in full or partial form when the author gets stuck and needs a push. Betas are a group of people that keep us focused so that we can stay on track. And betas get a first look, something only a select few get.
A solid ARC team is also vital. This gives a reader the chance to get an advanced copy of an E-book for free, to read and review before it hits the shelves. This is a group of people who have read the book and leave reviews on all the sites they can such as Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Goodreads, Bookbub, and YouTube. The more the reviews on each site, the better the sites will push the books out to new readers who might be interested.
And the last part of a street team is the cheerleader. Cheerleaders are just as important as anyone else. They share their personal reviews not only on the usual purchase platforms but also share reviews and posts within the authors’ social media pages, and share the authors’ posts on their own social media.
I try to make being a part of my team interesting and worthwhile, so I’m always sending little gifts out. I send signed paperbacks of my books, or books by other writers, bookmarks and charms, stickers, Christmas, and birthday cards. And various other swag I fancy. Author’s often put the names of their beta readers in their acknowledgments, and many I know also name characters after their readers, or based on a suggestion from a beta reader. This is something that I enjoy doing as well.
If you are interested or know someone that would be interested in working with us, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or respond to this email.
Stay safe my friends,