I belong to a writing community on Twitter that has a great April tradition. It’s called #IndieApril and throughout the month, simply put, they buy each other’s books.

The basic premise, as I understand it, goes something like this:

  1. I put a ‘shout out’ tweet saying that I’m participating and anyone with a book in a particular genre I like should reply with a link to where I can download it.
  2. Then I choose one of the replies (or six or twelve) and announce it to my followers.
  3. Once I read the book, I leave a positive review at the download site (like Amazon) and on Twitter.
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In my mind, it’s about picking out that one person you wouldn’t normally get to see. You get to read the amazing work of someone who wouldn’t ever be on your radar, and to lift them up for it.

I think this is a great way for independent authors to show their support for other authors in the community. More than just simple follow-backs, this is really ‘putting your money where your mouth is.’ I look forward to sharing my own book with the community one day when it’s finished. Hopefully, by #IndieApril next year!

Do you know of any other ways that authors are supporting each other through social media? Let us know in the comments below!

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