Author Walt Chantry understands that smaller authors are hard to find and are often overlooked by more popular, more mainstream writers. In today’s world, it’s difficult to find new-to-you authors when we’re bombarded with New York Times Best Sellers, book subscription services, and audio books. It’s easier to support already successful authors than authors who are still paving their way in the industry. Unless you have a close relationship with a local bookshop or library, it can be really difficult to discover smaller, more local authors.
Though it may be difficult, it isn’t impossible to find these diamonds in the rough! With a little bit of sleuthing, you’ll be supporting smaller authors in no time. First, research if there are any book clubs or literary festivals in your area. These are great ways to learn about new titles from authors you may not have heard of before, or explore a new genre you may not have ventured into before. Literary, or book festivals, are a great opportunity to read from a selection of local writers’ works. They might even be able to give you suggestions for similar local writers, further increasing your options.
With the advent of social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, you can easily follow hashtags that pertain to your interests to engage with like-minded readers. The community of book readers is tightly-wound, so you’ll be getting recommendations in no time! Reminder, once you find a small author you love, share your thoughts on your social media platforms to help spread the word of your great find!