Dylan Hearn’s Pay It Forward for self-published authors …

This morning, I received an update from Dylan Hearn’s blog, Suffolk Scribblings. In Pay It Forward – an update, Dylan has followed through on his earlier promise to “support my fellow self-published authors by buying their books and promoting those that I enjoyed both on this blog and through leaving reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.”


After having bought and read them, Dylan has listed a number of Authors on his blog post whose books he now recommends.

I had commented on one of his first blogs on the subject, even reblogged on this blog, then promptly forgot about the idea (beacause that’s the way my brain seems to be working these days …). I have, however, continued to promote Authors and their books over on my other blog, Reading Recommendations, and I have been reading books by these Authors whenever I have a chance. A few of these books I have purchased, but most have either been free downloads or gifts from the authors themselves. I have always rated these books on Goodreads when I finish reading (mainly because I’m taking part in a reading challenge there to complete 175 books during 2014) and sometimes I have also written a review, when the book struck me as being particularly good. Occasionally, I have included that same review on Amazon.

If I am really impressed by a book, I write to the Author directly and tell them how much I enjoyed reading their writing. That’s what I would hope a Reader would do for me, if they were equally engaged when reading my books. With a few of these Authors, I’ve now struck up a much deeper friendship than what we had after I promoted them on my blog. And that friendship has become a two-way street as these authors continue to promote me, my blog and my books through social media and to their friends. A few have even paid me the honour of asking that I read an advance copy of their new books, or beta-read a manuscript, or even write a blurb or intro for them. I’ve been more than happy to do so, because I know they will do the same for me, when the time comes. (And if I actually ever get back to rewriting that second novel … tap, tap, tap!)

So, returning to Dylan’s Pay It Forward idea … I’ve decided to make a list of the self-published Reading Recommendations Authors whose books I’ve read and enjoyed immensely – and there’s the key word … IMMENSELY! I don’t want to play favourites among the RR Authors, but I have discovered a number deserve a bit more of a shout-out, as well as a pat on the back for having done such a good job in self-publishing. Because I, too, am a self-published Author and I know what these people have all had to do to get their books out there for Readers to read.

So, without further ado and in alphabetical order, here’s my personal list of GREAT AUTHORS!! (All links take you back to their RR promotion pages.)

Tim Baker
Kevin Brennan
Robert Chazz Chute
Michael Fay (I enjoyed Michael’s stories so much that I published them!)
Demetra Angelis Foustanellas
Seumas Gallacher
Dylan S. Hearn
Thomas Wharton

These are all self-published Authors whose books I have had the pleasure of reading. I still have a few unread eBooks on my eReader to get to that were written by other Reading Recommendations Authors, so I have no doubt I will be adding to this list at some point. And, after having read through the complete list today of all the Authors I have promoted on my blog, I see a number of traditionally published Authors whose books I’ve read and equally enjoyed. I think I may need to put together another list in the very near future …

What about you? Are you a blogger, either Author or Reader, who is willing to Pay It Forward by purchasing books (perhaps beginning with those written by Authors I’ve featured on my Reading Recommendations blog … Hmmmm?) and reviewing those that you really have enjoyed reading?

We Authors truly do depend upon your opinion – and your support!

20 responses

  1. […] HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! For those complete posts, including lists and links to Authors, please click on Dylan Hearn’s Pay It Forward for self-published authors … and Traditionally Published Authors on Reading […]

  2. […] had always been on my ‘to read’ list but it wasn’t until it was recommended by Susan Toy on her Island Editions blog that I finally took the plunge and bought it. I’m so glad I did (if that isn’t an […]

  3. […] recently reblogged a post by Dylan Hearn in which he pledged to support his fellow self-published Authors and “Pay It Forward” […]

  4. Thanks, Susan. I’ve found a number of great indie authors through you and the indie blogging community and I use reviews to narrow my choices. That’s the value of a review to me as a reader. It’s why I write reviews and rate books whenever I can. If the book happens to be written by a fellow indie writer, I know how much they appreciate it and I spread it far and wide. Thanks so much for your support of this community.

    1. JP, so glad to hear that you are discovering new authors through this blog! And thank you for continuing to me the colourful streamers on my handlebars, by spreading the word about this blog and the authors I promote – and for being one of those authors yourself!

  5. Reblogged this on Seumas Gallacher and commented:
    …fellow Author , Susan M. Toy, captures precisely the reason or, and the priceless value of reader reviews , whether the reader is already an author himself or herself… a reader’s a reader… and the reviews , of whatever rating, so long as they are honest, are gold dust to we scribblers … well done, m’Lady, Susan… and thank you for the inclusion of yours truly …you’ve made my week…again… :):)

    1. Thanks so much for your continuing support, Seumas – and for writing!

  6. …m’Lady, Susan… the is truly magnificent service to others…I also like the ’BEQUIA BUMP’ tag ! … more power to you …definitely re-blogging this ..:):)

    1. And you provide the “Abu Dhabi” bump, kind sir! We are truly an international enterprise!

  7. What I have found surprising among Indie authors, if you follow them on Goodreads, many of them don’t read other Indie authors. What is up with that?

    1. You are correct, Old Things R New, and we’re trying to change that, through my two blogs, and those of many other reviewers and authors. I think the problem, though, is that we’re still dividing authors into two camps (me included, at times!), Self or Traditionally Published, and we’re not focusing on the real reason we should all be reading in the first place – to discover and enjoy good writing, no matter how the author is published.

      There’s also the jealousy factor at play here, I won’t deny it. Many Indie Authors are afraid they will lose some kind of promotional edge if they don’t talk about and promote their own work exclusively all the time. Or they believe they don’t have time to read and help out their fellow authors, because they’re so consumed with their own writing.

      This is an interesting point you’ve raised.

  8. Reblogged this on WHAT THE HELL and commented:
    Massive props to Susan Toy, not only for mentioning yours truly in this post, but for everything she does to promote indie authors. Via her blog, Reading Recommendations, scores of authors have benefited from the “Bequia Bump,” I like to call it (Susan lives on that Caribbean island), which, above all, gives us a wonderful opportunity to help one another in this tough business of ours.
    Thank you, Susan!

    1. Bequia Bump … I like that! You are most welcome, Kevin. Thank YOU for writing!

  9. Ok Susan, I have a question for you. I totally support the idea of authors and editors and publishers too, supporting each other and receiving similar publicity and support. But, what gain does the average reader receive for buying a book and writing a review?

    Do they get publicity for their hair salon, their dog-walking business, their kitchen re fits? I’ve plucked those out of the air, but you get the idea.

    You know how much I enjoyed Island, and that I’m going to post about it and publicise it. But I’m in the business anyway, so I’ve got a vested interest and want to promote good authors.

    However I’m not sure there is a quid pro quo here for non-authors…

    1. I understand what you’re saying here, roughseainthemed, and I appreciate that some readers may feel they should be compensated in some way for further promoting an author when they write or post a review. I don’t expect every reader will do this, or that they should do this, in fact. I don’t do it for every book I read. What I do hope, though, is that if they’ve really enjoyed reading a book or the work of a particular author and they don’t have a lot of personal booky friends they can tell or don’t write a blog on which they can extoll the virtues of this book and author, then the next best way to get the word out about it is to post a review somewhere, anywhere, to let other readers know about the book. As a reader, I have developed these two blogs (plus it’s been my job to promote throughout my career) so I get to lead the cheer whenever I read something I’ve enjoyed. And I’m also fortunate to be very well connected and to have written a book that several reviewers have also wanted to review professionally. But there are many very good authors who do not receive the attention, or are not receiving international attention, they deserve. Readers reviews are one of the best ways of spreading the word.

      Some readers still don’t realize, though, that their opinions matter and that, if they really do like a book, their review can bring it to the attention of many more like-minded readers who might not otherwise have heard of that author.

      So the quid pro quo is in seeing an author whose work you enjoy flourish and continue writing more books. I personally enjoy the satisfaction of hearing from other readers who enjoy a particular writer as much as I do. Those are my rewards for promoting good writing.

  10. I’m familiar with Tim Baker and Kevin Brennan and both authors totally rock. Thanks for the heads up on the others. Always looking for a good read in the indie market.

    1. Thanks for supporting these Authors!

      1. Always a pleasure, Mr. Baker!

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