Shop Talk: How Do You Find New Authors?

First a few links for you as the Omega tour for Susannah Sandlin continues. Check out the TheFull Fang at Bitten Twice today for an interview and chance to enter for the official tour prizes (including a Kindle or Nook).
Also, check out the new review for River Road over at She Wolf Reads!

Which is sort of a segue to today’s Shop Talk topic, as I’ve been chatting with my editor for the Sentinels series about how to make the books more visible. We think we have a good series getting started with Royal Street and River Road and despite all the guest blogs and blog tours and book signings, most people still haven’t heard of it. Or maybe they didn’t love the first one and don’t realize the second one is in some ways the real start to the series.

How do we get it in front of more people? How do we find the urban fantasy readers who might like the series? If they weren’t crazy about Royal Street, how do we get them to give River Road a chance? We’re talking about metadata and search-engine optimization and other terms that seem like they could work but, really, I’m not sure we know if they do or not.
It isn’t as simple as “write the book and they will come.” It isn’t even as simple as “write the best book you can, and the audience will find you.” Because the old ways of books finding their audience—what’s called “discoverability”—don’t really work anymore. There are a core of readers who still buy their books at physical stores, who browse stacks, who talk to booksellers about books they can recommend. These days, we are more likely to buy online. There are literally thousands (well, okay, maybe even more) of authors out there writing paranormal fiction and clamoring for readers’ attention. How does one stand out in the crowd? How does one get heard over all the noise?
As a reader, I buy online. I rarely “browse.” I go in with an idea of what I want because I’ve seen someone mention it on an email loop or I know the author or I became intrigued by the blurb when I was doing my “Fiction Affliction” columns for or my Reader’s Choice lists for this blog. Occasionally, I’ll fall for the Amazon “Readers who liked Book X also might like Book Y” email.
So…here’s the big question for you as readers. How do you like to find new authors or new series to read? What influences you—reviews on Amazon? Goodreads? Blog posts? Word of mouth from friends or other readers on email loops? Author websites or newsletters? Chances to “test drive” an author’s writing with a short story or other writing sample?
Inquiring authors want to know!
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70 thoughts on “Shop Talk: How Do You Find New Authors?

  1. Can I go with all of the above? I do still browse, though I find that the stores in my area are culling their shelves in lieu of stocking more and more copies of bestsellers. It’s become quite sad browsing through the same books all the time.

    I use the “People who bought… also bought…” on Amazon a lot. If I see something I like I’ll generally look around to see if I can find out more about the author and look through reviews on the blogs I read and trust. I come across new things by looking at other peoples’ Goodreads updates as well. And I have definitely been known to check out an author’s list after reading a great short story.

    • That’s great, Becky–that means all those methods work. I use the Amazon recommendations too. I scan the blogs on my sidebar.

      I always wondered how much people use Goodreads, and how much stock people put in the Amazon reviews. I’ve had some really whacky reviews. Apparently, according to a couple of reviewers, “I’m no Stephanie Meyer.” LOL.

    • LOL. If we wanted Stephanie Meyer, we would buy Stephanie Meyer. I did and gave them all to my Granddaughter. I bought all the Sentinels of New Orleans and Penton Legacy books and keep them on “My Favorite” shelf. I did lone out River Road once, and worried until I got it back.

  2. I follow quite a few blogs and online book reviews, so I find a lot of new authors there. My library also has newsletters you can sign up for that are for different genres, SF & F, mystery, etc. I get a lot of leads from those newsletter. I also just wander in my local bookstore. One of the best ways I find new authors is from a coworker. She and I are always trading “have you read this” emails. Word of mouth goes a long way with me. I love to turn others on to a new author!

    • I think word of mouth is THE best way to get a book noticed. The books that “go viral” usually spread that way. I know some authors form “street teams” of readers that agree to help promote the author’s books in their communities (taking bookmarks to bookstores, recommending to friends, etc.).

  3. I think a little history of how I found the Sentinels is in order. I found you from your work at & Heroes and Heartbreakers before your books were published. I was looking for a debut author in Urban Fantasy to follow. Went from there to your blog site and got hooked. I use other blogs sidebars & follow book tours. Author websites and newsletters are a favorite. Love short stories and test drives. I do not use People who bought… and do not use Goodreads or Amazon reviews to make up my mind about books.

    • That’s great to know, Roger! I do a lot of work with and H&H–not as much as I’d like but as much as I can find time for–so it’s good to know those are reaching people.

      Goodreads is a mixed bag for me. I think it helps books get noticed, but authors have to be VERY careful in how they participate in discussions–if there’s even a hint that an author is trying to promote their work, flame wars and nastiness can result. So, honestly, I just stay away from Goodreads forums out of sheer fear. LOL.

  4. I’m answering as a reader (though I obviously also appreciate the info as well)! I buy all my books online (mainly ebooks for my kindle) and I tend to buy authors I have already tried, or someone has recommended to me. Otherwise (and I hate to say it) I discover new authors via freebies I download from Amazon or else ‘sale’ books which have been emailed to me from one of the big ebook sites. I’ve discovered a lot of new authors that way and have gone on to read their other books as well.

    • Hey, Marissa! I think the “freebies” element is really interesting. It can go either way. When I first got my Kindle I downloaded all kinds of free reads…and to be honest, some of them were overpriced 🙂 so I rarely download them anymore unless it’s a special promotion from an author I’ve heard of but haven’t tried. I am likely to try a new series out when the publisher has a sale on the first in the series.

      With the Sentinels series, which is the series I’m struggling to get out there, I don’t have any promotional price options. So I’m trying to figure out how to use short fiction to promote the series.

    • I was going to mention the same thing Marissa did – books should go on sale. When I’m deciding which new author to try, price does make a difference. If one popular author has a gazillion Amazon and Goodreads reviews and their book is priced $7.99, and a new author who only has a few reviews so far is priced at the same, I’ll go with the better known, better reviewed author. However, if that new author had a limited time sale pricing the book at, say $3.99, I would buy that thinking I was getting a good deal.

      I have seen the big publishers put some of their books on sale for a day or so. I wish they’d do that more often. And I wish there was a way to convince my publisher to put my first book on sale! (Maybe I can twist my editor’s arm when the next book releases? 😉

      The other thing I’ve been thinking about is for publishers to do more to promote their imprints. Most of the public doesn’t know who publishes the books they read (I’m assuming here), but if people began to recognize that Orbit or Ace/Roc or whatever puts out awesome books, and they promote a book as being “New! From Orbit!” that might help separate a book from the gazillions of others that are out there.

      As a reader, I find books the same way most people do: Goodreads and Amazon recs. And word of mouth, of course. I had a NOLA friend recommend your book to me.

    • Sandy, I also wish publishers would try some strategic online pricing strategies. That’s the quickest way for me to try a new author or series–for the first book in the series or the debut book to go on sale for a day or two. Twitter is great for finding out about those.

      Depending on who the publisher is, it can help. If people trust books from Tor, for example, they might be more likely to take a chance on a new author being published by Tor.

  5. I’m also in the “all of the above” class…as a writer, I will also buy stuff from people I “know” online,just to be supportive, but as a reader, I’m always checking out people’s tweeted or blogged recommendations, and the amazon “people who bought” thing is a huge one.

    I really haven’t ventured too far into Goodreads territory, although I know I should…I just have to find a way to ration my social media time a little more wisely.

    It occurs to me that I haven’t been in a physical bookstore for quite a while…eep!

    • I know what you mean–I realized as I was doing book signings this past year that it was the first time I’d been in a physical bookstore in ages. I’ve been sucked into the convenience of shopping online and being able to instantly find whatever I’m looking for. So I’m part of the problem, but there it is.

  6. First… how do I find new authors:
    1) Twitter – seeing people I know recommend and tweet about books. The number 1 reason I pick a new-to-me author is direct recommendation. Also, Getting to know authors on twitter and wanted to read their work.

    2) Blogs – reading about the books and authors on blogs I follow. However, if I see that an author is doing the same blog post, cover reveal, book excerpt, etc. on multiple blogs, that is a big turn off. I prefer reviews from people that have read the book, and if it’s a giveaway from the author – original content on the blog.

    3) Cons and signings: How did I hear about your book? I met you at AADNOLA and listened to you talk about your series. I was immediately captivated. I can’t attend a lot of cons, but if I met an author & s/he is friend and willing to share about their work, I will take the time to look it up.

    With all that said, recently a friend “gifted” a book to me via amazon because she loved the UF series and wanted to share it. Because it came from her – someone that read the book, I took the time to read and was hooked. Then I took the time to “pay it forward.” What if you sponsored something similar? Have people who love your books gift them to others they think would like it? Then the book is coming from a fan and not the author.

    • “Gifted” kind of forgot about that. I gave 20 books and one B&N gift card as gifts at Christmas.
      Valentine’s Day is almost here (it’s Thursday, February 14, for the forgetful). Celebrate the holiday with the gift of a great book for the people who matter most in your life. The Penton Legacy series; Redemption, Absolution and Omega are great gifts. Better than chocolate!

      Some Valentine’s Day gift ideas:

      Special friend, buy Redemption.
      More than just a special friend, buy Redemption and Absolution.
      The love of your life, buy Redemption, Absolution and Omega.

    • Roger, love your Valentine’s Day shopping list!

      Twimom…AADNOLA was great for connecting with potential readers last year because it’s such a small con and the authors don’t outnumber the readers. (Wish I was going to Savannah this year but the timing and budget didn’t work out.)

      I didn’t think about gifting, either–I got several books for Christmas from people who’d loved them and wanted to share. And I have foisted copies of Black Dagger Brotherhood books on more people than I can count!

      I think one of the disadvantages of the organized book tours–which I have used for my last couple of releases–is that you end up with 20 or 30 sites who all run the same excerpt. So it’s interesting to hear that it’s a turnoff; I think so as well. Not sure what the answer is, except perhaps to no submit an excerpt at all, or select a different excerpt from each stop.

  7. I follow a bunch of blogs (get emails) and follow a lot of book pages on facebook. If someone talks about a book that sounds interesting i will look it up on goodreads and see if it really interests me.

    Also I use netgalley and see new books and authors there.

    jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

    • Netgalley is great; I wish more publishers used it. I know that my publisher put Royal Street on Netgalley but did not put up River Road, and the difference in the number of reviews the books got was astounding. A couple hundred for Royal Street versus maybe 20 for River Road. Since I thought River Road was a better book, the inability for me to get it reviewed has been really frustrating.

  8. I’m like you, Suzanne – I usually buy online and I already have an idea of what I want and go directly there to buy it.

    I follow a lot of book blogs, but there are a few reviewers (and tweeters) whose opinions mesh with mine. If they give a new author a good review, I’ll try out the author. (Even better if they include a buy link!)

    I also enter a lot of contests for authors I haven’t read before – if I win and really like the book, I’ll review it on Goodreads and tweet about it.

    Like Marissa mentioned, I do tend to try out new authors with sales of the new book in the series, mainly because I have a VERY limited book budget. I have a hidden wishlist on Amazon and will add a book I want to the list to remind myself to buy it later if it goes on sale.

    I also agree with other commenters – I do scope out the “people who bought this book also bought” feature at Amazon. I found some great series that way (Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, for example).

    I also read the reviews at Amazon and Goodreads. I like to read a few favorable ones and then at least one negative one, just to see get an overall idea. Needless to say, if the reviewer can’t spell, I usually disregard his/her review, lol.

    Good luck! I enjoyed Royal Street immensely and have River Road on my TBR list. I’ve seen favorable reviews stating that the second book is even stronger, so hopefully it will just take awhile for people to learn about the series.

    • Thanks, Rebe! I also tend to be an impulse buyer, especially based on the sale prices and especially with the digital books–so I have a bazillion (well, okay, a hundred or so) books on my Kindle that I haven’t read…and who knows if I will ever find time?

  9. I browse, but not much as the supply of foreign books is limited in stores here.
    Most new authors I find online, on blogs (most new authors I find this way), Twitter and goodreads. I love their recommended section where you get recommendations based on your shelves.

    • The Internet has been such a game-changer in publishing, because there are so many ways for us to find books now. The challenge authors face is figuring out how to stand out admidst all the online chatter. I suspect a lot of it is sheer luck, which is frustrating. I think one of the greatest things is being able to connect with readers and authors outside the U.S., though!

    • For me the internet is wonderful. If I had to rely on stores only I wouldn’t be able to find many new reads.

      I do wonder about which books get hyped and which don’t on blogs I will confess. There are some gems out there that I don’t see on many blogs, while other books that I think are mediocre are hyped to death.

      If you ever want a guest spot on my blog, let me know. I’d be happy to host you although I’m a pretty small fish in the blogging world

    • I don’t know the answer to that either. It might come down to which authors are the biggest self-promoters, or how much their individual publishers are pushing the books. I suspect a lot has to do with the authors themselves. I do more self-hype than I’m comfortable with, but it’s part of the business.

      And I never turn down chances to guest blog!

  10. I’ll admit to falling prey to the algorithms on Amazon and Goodreads.. because hey, sometimes they suggest good books I’ve never heard of. Word of mouth from trusted bloggers and friends is the best way for me to pick up a book. I picked up (and reviewed) the newest Molly O’Keefe book because of that and will pick up the rest of her books because I enjoyed the last one so much.

    You’re right. There are SO many books out there that it can be hard to select which ones you’d like to try. I bought Royal Street last year because a friend of mine reviewed and liked your book.. and that was pretty much all she wrote. The premise sounded good + the friend rec = sold.

    I pay attention to unique and creative blog posts about why people read a certain series. Those can be a lot of fun, as well as informative.

    Author blurbs *can* get me to pick up a book, but I also have been burned by those. So that more depends on *who* blurbs the book, and if I trust them to not let me down.

    I now guest review for Paranormal I do pay more attention to what’s out there and the buzz than I did previously.

    P.S. – I put you down as one of my favorite 2013 reads this year 🙂 link –

    • How cool is that–thank you! So I turned you around on Alex, eh? I’m smiling big over that one 🙂

      I hadn’t thought about author blurbs, although they’re a big deal with traditionally published books–finding an author who is willing to read your book and endorse it. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a book because of a blurb, although I have taken a second look at one because of it.

  11. I discover new authors thanks to blog post and blog tour and also of course recommendation from other bloggers then i will check the author’s website and goodreads to see if it’s one that i could enjoy.

    I’m not using recommendation of amazon.
    Now about the blog tour it’s true that the same excerpt can be a turnoff…

    Oh also a free short story can make up my mind to try an author or not

    One kind of blog tour i enjoyed was done by devon monk. She created a special short story and each stop ( one per day) had a chapter so to have the completed story you must visisy/follow all the stop. it was different and interesting

    • Oh, I love that idea for a blog tour, Miki! I might have to try something like that for Elysian Fields. It would be almost like a serial novelette or novella. …

      The thing with Amazon reviews….I also don’t base many purchases on them as a reader. As an author, though, I absolutely BEG people to do Amazon reviews because the number of positive reviews influences how often a book shows up on those Amazon “recommended” emails. Amazon has a complicated algorithm it uses to bump books higher on their recommended marketing emails, and the number of four- and five-star reviews is part of that. (Of course I’m sure the one- and two-star reviews don’t help–LOL.)

    • ye sit would be great ^^ some novella that works as a stand alone but also fit just before elysian field^^ for example that’s really tempting

      i don’t mind putting a review on amazon since i know it help the author but it’s also rare i read them there^^, i don’t know i don’t trust amazon i gues^^

  12. I find my books due to word of mouth from trusted fellow readers, and through reading blogs. I also find books through amazon suggestions. I have a friend who is an UF author, and it truly seems to be harder for UF series to break out lately. I feel as if a lot of readers are focused on Contemporary Romance lately.
    I don’t know, just my $0.02. 😉

    • That’s my impression too, Andrea–contemporary romance and romantic suspense seem to be hot right now. I think paranormal maxed out and there was just so much of it that there’s some paranormal fatigue. Which I hate, of course, since that’s what I write!

  13. I’m like you… ever since my Borders store closed, I do all of my book shopping online at Amazon. I find a lot of new authors based on the “if you liked this, you’ll also like this” slide bar but the majority of the time I do depend on my fav blogs and authors to steer me toward new stuff 🙂

    • Amazon is an interesting case. So many in publishing consider Amazon the “great satan” that’s killing publishing, but I really think what they’re “guilty” of is figuring out how to give readers what they want.

      But even if they do market heavily, the “world-of-mouth” in person and through blog sites seem to be the best way for new authors to “break out.”

  14. I find most new authors/series either through blogs, Goodreads or Amazon recommendations. I don’t live that close to a bookstore since Borders closed so my only browsing is through the bookstore or at the library. My library does have a featured list of new purchases that they update twice a month but they on;y show covers, titles and authors unless you click on an item.

    Once I’m interested in a title I do use Goodreads and Amazon reviews to help me decide if I want to read a book. Being able to read a sample chapter or short story by an author also helps a lot since I can see if I like their writting style that way.

  15. I find new authors by browsing online, just like what you mentioned Suzanne…the whole customers who enjoyed/bought this book also bought this book. I also discovered a lot of new books/author through reading other blogs and Goodread.Reviews does play a role in whether or not I buy a book but most of the time I do go with what I think of the summary.

    • Yes, the summary is usually what sells me on trying a book, too–if the concept appeals to me or captures my imagination. A lot of time (as I’ve learned) the authors write the cover/blurbs themselves, so they offer a “mini” picture of the writing style.

  16. I find new authors through various blogs I read, Amazon recommendations and freebies, word of mouth and my local library. As a matter of fact, I first learned about Royal Street because I loaned it from the library. I loved it so much, I asked the library to procure the remainder of your books for both series, which they did.
    I really enjoy free prequel short stories that are an intro to a series. This is how I found Amanda Carlson. It allows a reader a brief insight into characters and the flavor of the author’s writing style. An occasional book on sale helps as well. I am more likely to try a new author at $3.99 vs $7.99. Having said that, my favorite authors I will buy the same book in digital and print!

    • I love that people are still finding books through their libraries! (And thanks for asking your library to buy mine.) I like the prequel stories, too, and the 99 cent stories. For a while, Orbit and Tor (there might have been others) were releasing free digital compilations of introductory chapters from a bunch of their upcoming releases, and I always liked those.

  17. I get recommendations from friends on Goodreads and I also consider books on Amazon and BN where they suggest books based upon things I have previouslly bought or looked at in searches. I also consider recommendations from bloggers that I follow. Another place is right on the shelves in the physical bookstore in my city where the person who shelves the books puts up recommendations right on the shelves.

    • I’m glad that people are still browsing bookstores. It’s such a production for me to get to one, a Books-a-Million in an adjacent city, that it’s just easier to order online. But when I was doing my book tour last spring, I went in some awesome bookstores, especially in Houston and San Diego. I could’ve lived in those places!

  18. My main source of new authors to try is review blogs (this counts Goodreads user “blog” accounts) that have reviewed positively a book I read and liked, or review/recommend books in a genre I like and am looking to branch out into. I also look at the Amazon “customers also looked at” rankings on pages of books I already read and liked.

    I am much more likely to try out a new author if they have a free ebook on Amazon (this is how I found Maggie Robinson and Grace Burrowes and I buy their books full-price now because I love them), if my local library has a copy, if I can find a copy of their book used, or if I win a copy from a blog giveaway. I do not buy a book full-price without already knowing I like the author–I read so much that I would go broke if I tried to do this, and I don’t have enough room in my house! However, if I try it out free on kindle or get it from my library and love it, I will most likely go out and buy it, so I can re-read it later or share it with my friends who also read the books I read.

    • I also will balk at full-price hardcovers unless I know what I’m getting, although buying online now one rarely has to pay full price. I don’t think my hardcover is much higher than my trade paperback. What’s disappearing now is the mass-market paperback. I have to admit I don’t know enough about printing to know why the MM is going away, except that it probably costs as much to print a MM as it does a trade paperback. Someone else might know the answer to that. I just know none of my books is coming out in mass market, and I just don’t see them anymore except the big best-sellers in the Walgreen’s.

  19. I mainly find new authors through blogs, NPR interviews and LibraryThing.

    You know how repetition can eventually make something sink in? That’s how blogs work for me.
    1. There’s a Mailbox Monday meme that mainly is done by book bloggers. I will see a book there. And if it’s going out to a lot of bloggers then I’ll see it on a few different blogs.
    2. There’s a Saturday Review of Books link where book bloggers link up their book reviews. It’s easy to see which books were reviewed that week. That’s where I might see the book mentioned again a few more times.
    3. I have a few places I follow in my reader which read a variety of books so I may see the book/new author mentioned again there with reviews or interviews.
    Eventually I’ve seen the author’s name or the book title/cover so much I’m worn down and buy or read it.
    Also, I will “buy” the free short stories that introduce characters and the world rules for my kin.dle before jumping in to buy the book.

    • Ha–so all those blog appearances eventually wear you down!

      I really do like being able to download a short or a sample first chapter to get a feel for a book. Of course that puts a huge responsibility on authors for us to write the best first chapter we can–which we should be doing anyway 🙂

  20. When I first started getting back into reading Anthologies was a big way for me to find new authors.(still are) Now I also get recommendations from friends and I read blog reviews and some from twitter recs.

    • Anthologies are great, Elaine–the big-publisher anthologies rarely have open submissions, which is why you tend to see the same authors in all of them. But some of the smaller publisher submissions are great ways to try out new authors.

  21. Hi Suzanne, great question. I do follow quite a lot of blogs, from people with mostly a taste similar to my own. First though, the cover of the book has to appeal to me. Then the blurb. And when the review is detailed enough, and I know: yes those are the things I love in a book, it will go to the wishlist. And sometimes I go straight for that buy button. But I do look closely at the price of the book. I won’t buy many that are over € 6,00. I don’t buy hardcovers, and there are only 1 or 2 authors I buy in trade size. The books are just too big and heavy for my taste, I do want mass market size paperbacks. There are a few publishers, whose books are just too expensive, no matter how much I want to read that book.
    But I am a very loyal reader. Once an author has found her way to my reading heart, I want all her books, the old ones and the new ones. Which means, I have little time to add new authors to my list, as my current ones take most of my reading time already with all their new books.

    • There you are! I saw your comment come up on email but it had gotten caught in a spam filter. I had to help it escape!

      I think it’s great to find bloggers with similar reading tastes because you can really learn to trust their recommendations. I mentioned this on another comment, but I’m afraid the mass-market paperback is going the way of the dinosaur. Authors have no say in what format their books are produced. My first book came out in trade paperback and the second in hardcover (the paperback will come out in June), but it’s a smaller hardcover than others I’ve seen–the dimensions are the same as a trade paperback, and it’s not any heavier than TP. So that’s interesting. But I don’t think in another five years there will be mass-market paperbacks coming out. As I said earlier, I don’t know why that is–maybe someone else does. I suspect the cost of producing a TP and a MMP are about the same.

  22. The blog tour book by Devon Monk was Hang Fire. It was a fun read, 20 chapters posted one chapter at a time at 20 different blogs. It is a steampunk short story set in late 1800′s America. It takes place between Dead Iron and Tin Swift in her “Age of Steam” series.

    • I’m going to have to look that up, Roger–I’m glad Miki mentioned it. It’s a great idea for a blog tour for times like now, when I’m running out of guest blog ideas!

  23. Good question. Before I started blogging it was usually word of mouth. Now that I am a blogger, I hear about new books being released all the time and are having them sent to me… so that’s how I am learning about them now. If a blogging buddy has recommended it, I am more likely to pick it up!

    • That’s true for me as well, Allison. I get a lot of ARCs and new books for review now, and I’ll usually pull the ones I want to read aside and put the others on my Book Horde list.

  24. Blog posts are my main source but I also browse the library shelves and online catalog. Public libraries usually have nice displays of recent and/or recommended books. The downside is that there is often a lag between the book’s release and the library’s acquisition. But it means that I can try a new author without a financial hit, then buy the new release when it comes out.

    • Speaking of online catalogs, did all of you know that almost all of the publishers put their upcoming season catalogs online now? If you want to see the catalogs from all the Macmillan imprints (Tor, St. Martin’s, Forge, etc.) you can do a google search and download PDFs of the catalogs. It’s a pretty cool way to preview what’s coming up.

  25. In the olden days, I found my books by wandering the bookstores or library. Nowadays? I loves me my internet! Twitter and blogs have helped me grow my TBR piles and lists. (And oh, how they grow…!)

    • Oh, how I know what you mean! I keep expecting the second floor of my house (which is where my TBR mountains and personal library and writing cave live) to collapse under the weight of books!

  26. I discover most of my new authors through recommendations on book blogs. I’m always looking for new books and this way I get multiple recommendations on books and authors.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  27. I’d say pretty much all of the above, especially blog reviews and posts by bloggers who are excited to read a new author’s debut. Getting a short story to read is great too, it gives me a chance to try out the author’s voice and gets me excited to read more. I definitely look on Goodreads and Amazon for upcoming books as well.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  28. At first it was just Goodreads, at the sidebar “Readers also enjoyed similar books”. The I noticed the same people posting reviews for a certain genre then I followed them (this sounds kinda stalkerish :P). But yeah, mostly blogs of reviewers who’s taste is similar to mine or if they ‘specialize’ in certain genres.

  29. Mostly, it’s reviews that convince me. This has happened before- I have no intention of reading a book, but I keep on reading so many ravings on how good it is, so I end up picking it up, and falling in love with it. This happened with Vampire Academy and Splintered. 🙂 Also, Goodreads, and during cover reveals… Basically, I stalk the book blogging world. It rarely happens that I walk in a bookstore and see a book I don’t recognize! XD

  30. I think reviews and word of mouth helps the most. I usually read most reviews on the blogs I follow or on Goodreads. Also if one of my blogger friends has praised the book a lot I definitely look into it.

  31. I find new authors/books to read from Amazon and sometimes Goodreads based on the cover and blurb. Reviews aren’t that important to me.