Whenever I visit a theme park, crafts festival, or art show I feel a close connection to the vendors sitting patiently, or not so patiently, in their stalls. I can see the controlled anxiety in their faces as they watch the people stroll by their displays, sometimes stopping but rarely buying. It’s a hard way to make a living and is not even sustainable as a hobby if the artist continues to commit financial resources to his work that he is unable to recoup through sales or sponsorships.

Indie authors are in the same boat. They front the costs of editing, proofreading, printing, and cover design for their work. Then they pay for boxes of books that they hope to sell from their blog or website, at book shows and signings, or through indie bookstores. If it were me, I’d be trying to sell them at flea markets, campgrounds, Little League games, or on the side of the road from the trunk of my car.

Help them out. Adopt them. We adopt teachers by providing financial support for them to furnish their classrooms. We adopt sections of highway by keeping them free of litter. I believe indie authors and artists are just as worthy of adoption as teachers and roads.

This won’t be painful, so if you’re reading this you can stop making that face right now! Here’s what I’m asking you to do:

  • The next time you go to a festival or arts and craft show, buy something besides the funnel cake. It doesn’t have to be a huge purchase, but don’t leave until you’ve bought something from one of the artists or crafts people. This isn’t charity. Surely you can find something that would make a nice birthday or holiday gift.
  • Visit my FB page at http://www.facebook.com/ronald.paxton.3 between April 1st – 5th. During this time you will see the work of 40 or more authors on display.
  • Pick out one author whose work appeals to you and adopt them.

How do you adopt an author? It’s easy. You like and share their postings on FB. If you’re on Twitter, you follow and re-tweet their promos. If you’re on LinkedIn, you connect with them. If you’re on Goodreads, you friend them and recommend their work. If they have a blog, you follow them. If you have a blog, you interview them. If you belong to a book club, you tell your fellow members about them. You buy at least one of their books and review it on Amazon.

If you do all of these things, I’ll love you forever. If you do even one of these things, I’ll still like you a lot. If you do nothing else, I ask that you share this post with at least one person. A lot of artists and indie authors are counting on you. Thanks for your help.