What is Filipino Fridays? Here’s an excerpt from the Filipino Readercon website:
For those who are new to this activity, Filipino Friday is a weekly internet meme held during the Fridays of the Filipino Reader Conference month where Filipino readers around the world (like you!) are highly encouraged to take part in! To be able to participate in this activity, all you need to do is to read the weekly Filipino Friday posts, write a response to each weekly prompt on your own blog or any social networking account (which must be set to public for us to see it), and post a link to your answers in the comments section. After posting your answers, we encourage you to check out what your fellow bloggers and readers have posted! This is a timely and exciting opportunity for each of us to get to know and interact with other readers and writers, and it is one you will surely enjoy.
This week’s prompt is all about support for local authors.
Let us know what are the Five (5) ways you can support Filipino authors? Buying their books is definitely the best way to do so, but what more can we do?
At the moment, I can only think of the 3 ways I think I can show support to Filipino authors other than buying their books:
- Recommend their books to other people. I do this by giving local books that I love as gifts to friends. I also have this habit of putting books I recommend on the front of the shelves in bookstores so that they can be easily seen. 😉
- Interact with them (via social media or in person, if possible. Let them know how much you liked their book. Constructive criticism may also be welcome as long as it is done within the bounds of common courtesy. This way we can encourage them to write more books or to finish what they’re working. I think this is one way of letting our local authors know that we, the readers, believe in them and in their talent.
- In relation to #2, offer practical ways to help them either in promoting their books (i.e. blog tours) or doing beta-reading, editing, layouts, and other nitty-gritty stuff of book publishing (which I am not really familiar with hehe)
If you can think of other additional ways to help out local authors, do let me know!