Yes, yes I thought I was through too but lets just thank Raine……..who mentioed Hype and how she avoids stuff that gets hyped or shoved down her throat.
Raine…I still have never seen Something About Mary. I tend to avoid stuff that gets a lot of hype too (Unless it’s an action movie-that’s different–I’m real picky about my comedy).
Books are a bit different, some I’ll pay attention to if they sound unusual or intriguing.
On the RJ Readers list Dianne Castell did an appearance for like a week this summer. She was a load of fun! She’s doing some Harl Americans with 40+ hero/heroines and she’s got a Brava series coming out called Four O’Fallons and a Baby that I think (don’t quote me) also have older characters. It looks like a fun series. The thing about spending a week or even a few days with an author is their name definitely sticks in your mind. I’d say this is something (that as a reader) worked for me (and all the ladies at RJ work real hard to make it fun).
I picked up a couple of Holly Black books a while back and part of the reason I did is because she co-write a series my son read! (BTW I love her website–the name in the coffee cup is very clever)….. I picked up some books by Scott Westerfeld because Diana mentioned them on her blog a few months back and I was in the YA section looking for something for my son to read (not that it did any good). And yes, I picked up Dark Lover because PBW mentioned it on her blog.
I guess my point is this: People need to know your name but I don’t think it takes as much work as we think it does for name recognition to kick in.