What Do We Think?

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How do readers find new books?

• NICOLE HATES LOOPS, PROMO, EXCERPTS POSTED ON LOOPS AND PUBLISHER ANNOUNCEMENTS. MOSTLY SHE FINDS NEW BOOKS FROM HER FELLOW BLOGGERS. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH SHE DOESN’T TRUST OPINIONS POSTED ON LOOPS!

• JILL MONROE SAYS WORD OF MOUTH IS THE BEST WAY (WHICH GOES BACK TO THE CORE OF WHAT SELF PROMOTION IS ALL ABOUT—BUILDING YOUR NAME)

• 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)

• RAINE FINDS NEW READS FROM EXCERPTS AND PUBLISHER ANNOUNCMENTS. SHE DOESN’T NEED A LOT OF SPARKLE AND HYPE TO SELL HER ON A BOOK.

• MAILI SAYS WORD OF MOUTH ALSO—EVERYTHING ELSE PISSES HER OFF

• PAM SAYS EXCERPTS, PUBLISHER DAYS ON LOOPS AND WINNING BOOKS IN A CONTEST (IE THE TRS BOOK A DAY GIVEAWAY). IF SHE LIKES IT SHE’S APT TO CHECK OUT A WRITER’S BACKLIST. SHE ALSO SAYS SHE’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.

• JAQ—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.

• SASHA—EXCERPTS BUT MOSTLY WORD OF MOUTH.

• EVE—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.

18 thoughts on “What Do We Think?

  1. I won’t mind doing promo when the time comes. But I won’t spend too much $$$ on expensive stuff. I believe the best way to promote a book is word of mouth. Personally, I don’t read reviews. They’re just someone’s personal opinion about a book. Since I don’t know the person, how can I trust his/her taste in books?

  2. This is why I will promote books on my blog – even books I haven’t read if they are by my friends. I know that self-promotion is hard, so I’ll do it for them. Including ebooks – even though its hard to hold that CPU and monitor on my chest while reading in bed (I have got to get a reader). But pre-promotion of a book that I haven’t read has got to be by an author who’s work I do like, OR if its someone who is just starting out.

  3. I think another reason for the dislike of self-promo is that a lot of authors are basically pretty introverted people–that’s one of the reasons they write. To put themselves out there for questioning and inspection can be downright painful.

    There’s also the fact that “really nice people don’t brag about themselves.” And no, self-promotion isn’t ‘bragging’, but it can FEEL that way if you’re unaccustomed to it.

    Oh, and yeah–I hear that Raine person’s writing ain’t too shabby at all. 😎
    (Raine, looking for the bolt of lightning…) :doze:

  4. and that’s why we love you Eve! :yippee:

    soemone said that it seems to be frowned upon to promote yourself – like patting yourself on the back and saying “Look what I accomplished” is a bad thing – I will tell everyone I know I sold and try and talk them into buying a copy. And I am trying alternate avenues too – not just the obvious reader/writer rings and not just the romance conferneces – I stuffed over 100 bookmarks into folders for a writers conference that has mostly non-romance genre writers – :ohdear:

  5. Silma I *do* read reviews at places like amazon and bn for print books but i also read five or six of them to get a good mix of feedback.

    Eve you and me both!

    Raine you said that so much better than I did–many of us are raised to believe that no one likes a braggart :doh

    Go Dennie Go!!!!!! Hey are we getting a copy or copies of the program?

  6. I like that Celia person’s writing too.

    And that Dennie woman, even though she’s strange and reads magazines backward.:huh:

  7. I hate promoting! I’ve always been really shy and it’s hard to post excerpts and wait for someone to say something. The other reason I don’t like posting excerpts is because I’m not all that fond of reading them, unless I’m specifically in the mood.

    So, what kinds of things do readers LIKE about yahoo groups? What would appeal to them?

  8. Jennie you’re not the only shy person out here–see Raine’s comment and well, I tend to be pretty introverted myself (esp in real life).

    I remember one reader (Pam) who responded to my survey and she loves author days and winning books from new to her authors. She loves getting a chance to know writers (something I think we walk a fine line with). Pam also went on to say that she’s on a historical readers list with an author who doesn’t write historicals, but since she’s gotten an opertunity to know the writer, she’s more apt to check her work out.

    One of my fave yahoo groups is Romance Junkie Readers. They’re all about reading, and the only day you’re allowed to post any promo is on Sunday, which I think is great. The mods are so great–they won’t let you be shy too long cuz they realize writers are readers too!

    I think ultimately we have to do what we’re comfortable doing. For some of us that might be nothing, for others of us it might mean getting involved in or stirring up conversation on a reader’s list.

  9. PS I love excerpts. It’s a real real quick way for me to tell if a story is something I might pick up or not.

  10. Eve I hear that Cece chick is crazy and has stalker tendancies! Dennie…sheesh–readds magazines backwards and drives really fast. :wth:

  11. Aha!!! See, Dennie! It wasn’t entirely my fault you almost ran into the back of me! ‘Course I was really close to getting us lost in Deep Ellum. Directionally challenged I am.

    On subject, I have bought many a book by reading an excerpt. And, I, like Silma, will not base buying a book on a review. I love author’s websites and blogs and have been known to buy a book based on that. In fact, just the other day found a website I liked and the book sounded interesting. Had to order it, but enjoyed it and will now buy her books again.

  12. Eve I hear that Cece chick is crazy and has stalker tendancies! I knew that Cece chick and I had something in common.:kiss:

  13. :wowee: I just had to use that, lol. It’s awesome! Anyhoo – thanks for this post. It’s always interesting to learn what works for people. Personally, I buy ALL of my books by word of mouth. I have never picked up a book that looked interesting in the bookstore (in the romance genre). I read what people are saying on message boards and loops. My TBR list is so long now with recommended books, plus sequals coming out to series I like, I don’t know if I’ll ever pick up a book off the shelves…