Has anyone’s strategy for choosing books changed recently? Perhaps only those of us crazy book buyers put so much thought into how we select a book.
My first method of selecting a book was standing pathetically in front of the bookshelves at the school library with a sad look on my face. Eventually, my librarian would save me and hand me something wonderful. This was actually really effective since that librarian new her sh&t. This is how I jumped into chapter books with The Cricket in Times Square.
The next librarian that really helped me introduced me to Dragonflight by Anne McCaffery and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. So, bless her forever. Ah, The Blue Sword love you to this day.
It didn’t take me long, however, before I was on my own.
I absolutely buy books by their cover. That’s how I found Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, so clearly this method is infallible.
But, I’ve had to place some deeper thoughts on this whole how to choose books lately. The fabulous M.K. Hobson has been answering my questions about the whole publishing process, and she pointed out that she only uses methods of promotion that have gotten her to buy books.
I, like her, have never purchased a book because of a link on a blog. I’ve looked at a few books promoted through Good Reads ads, but never bought one.
So, what do I do?
I’ll buy books on the recommendation of a friend.
I buy the books my nieces and nephews love. This is an always, always for me even though it turns out we don’t have the same taste really. 🙂
But when I find books for myself, I tend to go to Amazon, type in the name of a book I know I like and scroll down to the lists (on the left) that have said book in them. You know the ones maybe? The listmania lists put together by other book lovers. And then I scan those books and see how many other books the list writer likes that I also like. If we have a good amount of overlap, I’ll check out the books they’ve read that I haven’t. That’s how I found Kelley Armstrong. I have found sooooooo many other good books this way.
I have recently started to read blog reviews, Kirkus Reviews (this is new for me), and then download the sample on Kindle. My gosh, this is the BEST! I love those Kindle samples to an unholy extent.
I also take the number of stars and reviews a book has received on Amazon pretty darn seriously. I mean, if a book has been reviewed 128 times and has 3.5 stars, I’m only getting it if I LUV the sample.
What do you do? As a soon-to-be author, what’s the best way I can reach you with promotion?