How do readers find new books?
â€¢ NICOLE HATES LOOPS, PROMO, EXCERPTS POSTED ON LOOPS AND PUBLISHER ANNOUNCEMENTS. MOSTLY SHE FINDS NEW BOOKS FROM HER FELLOW BLOGGERS. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH SHE DOESNâ€™T TRUST OPINIONS POSTED ON LOOPS!
â€¢ JILL MONROE SAYS WORD OF MOUTH IS THE BEST WAY (WHICH GOES BACK TO THE CORE OF WHAT SELF PROMOTION IS ALL ABOUTâ€”BUILDING YOUR NAME)
â€¢ DAISY FINDS NEW BOOKS FROM PUBLISHER ANNOUNCEMENTS AND WEBSITES. (Interestingly enough this is how I found Lena Matthews–via Loose ID. They have that cool “if you like this, you might also like this feature)
â€¢ RAINE FINDS NEW READS FROM EXCERPTS AND PUBLISHER ANNOUNCMENTS. SHE DOESNâ€™T NEED A LOT OF SPARKLE AND HYPE TO SELL HER ON A BOOK.
â€¢ MAILI SAYS WORD OF MOUTH ALSOâ€”EVERYTHING ELSE PISSES HER OFF
â€¢ PAM SAYS EXCERPTS, PUBLISHER DAYS ON LOOPS AND WINNING BOOKS IN A CONTEST (IE THE TRS BOOK A DAY GIVEAWAY). IF SHE LIKES IT SHEâ€™S APT TO CHECK OUT A WRITERâ€™S BACKLIST. SHE ALSO SAYS SHEâ€™S MORE APT TO TRY OUT WRITERS SHE GETS TO KNOW. SHE ALSO SAID SHE’S ON A LOT OF LISTS SO SPREAD YOUR PROMO POSTS OUT OTHERWISE IT’S OVERWHELMING.
â€¢ JAQâ€”REVIEWS BY SOMEONE SHE TRUSTS OR AN EXCERPT. AN INTERESTING EXCERPT, WITH A HOOKY BLURB AND GOOD COVER ART WILL GET HER TO OPEN HER WALLET.
â€¢ SASHAâ€”EXCERPTS BUT MOSTLY WORD OF MOUTH.
â€¢ EVEâ€”THROUGH BLOGS! BY BLOGGING PROMOS OR CHECKING OUT WEBSITES OF PEOPLE WHO LEAVE COMMENTS ON HER BLOG.
I have a confession to make……I read very little romance anymore (as if you couldn’t tell by the books listed to the right). But I do buy and read e-books (just not that much. I don’t have an ereader and I already spend a lot of time on the computer). I won’t talk up a book I don’t like, so while some people might think I’m biased, I do talk up Raine’s book (She’s my CP too), but I think she’s a fab writer. And FWIW I gave away a free book at my talk that I won here, from an author I found while blog-hopping :kiss:.
FWIW Blogging came in as the #1 way to self-promote. Matter of fact I took a whole stack of print books I’d bought from blog-hopping around the net (at least 20) to show the group. All of them were either books by bloggers or books recommended by bloggers.
If your publisher has a group blog, get involved. Or start your own. If your publisher has an email list for readers, get involved so they have a chance to get to know you. You’ve got a built-in fan base right there. And do your fellow ebook authors a service and talk about their books…….
WHAT DO WRITERS THINK?
Overall, we hate doing self-promotion. And I think I know the reason why. For all intents and purposes most of us were raised by June Cleaver (or her neighbor). Putting yourself out there and making people talk about you was the equivalent of saying you were easy. I even remember my mother telling me not to hang around with a certain girl in band because she had a bad reputation and Mom didn’t want it rubbing off on me. Granted she had three kids but hey, even then I didn’t like the double standard–where was I? Now I’m not saying it’s this way for everyone but for some of us I think it’s very true. So tooting your own horn goes against everything we were taught by our mothers. Which makes it all the harder.
What do you think?
Also if you haven’t checked it out, see Maili’s blog post on there NOT being more word of mouth about ebooks.