First up, I must apologise for my slackability as a blogger. If left until tomorrow, it would be two weeks between visits, and that simply wouldn’t do … so I thought I better nip in here quick, and wow you all with my testicular rambles wisdom. In my defence, however, I have spent the last two weeks doing daily critiques for other writers, editing for a writer buddy, setting up a new blog for my pseudonym (and composing a short story to kick-start it into gear), trying my damndest to create a better blurb for my query letter (and sending out said query letter), on top of knocking out a few more chapters for my latest novel CAGED (starring none other than adoringly hot dude Ethan Holloway—hubba hubba).
In a previous post, I mentioned the importance of book covers when it comes to catching the readers eye, but can a cover alone make me part with my husband’s well-earned cash?
Nah. I take much more convincing than that.
So, what will get me spending? What are the main reasons I will actually buy?
1. Author. I know who I like. Shallow, I know … I’m sorry (especially as I hope someone will pick up something I’ve written as a new author someday). But readers know what they like, and the numbers who stick to those are shockingly high—and my favourite authors tend to get an immediate pass onto my bookshelf.
2. Recommendations. Before my sister started introducing me to new authors, I used to just pick any old crap out the local library to read (because it was free). I’d also always have already-read books tossed my way by work colleagues … most of them rubbish … but with the occasional gem that would shine brighter than the rest. I, one day, forced encouraged my best friend to read a book I’d finished and loved. She hadn’t read for years (kids can get in the way of stuff, no?), and finally sucked it up and got on with it agreed. Since that day? She has bought way more books than me (which is great, because we like most of the same authors and she saves my hubby a small fortune).
3. Genre. Yep, I have my preference for genres. Just as I have those I avoid like the plague prefer not to read.
4. Blurb. What can I say? The blurb on the back cover can be as important as all get out. Admittedly, if stealing from my friend buying a book by an author I’ve previously read and enjoyed, I NEVER read the blurb—they give too much of the story away IMO, and I like to be surprised. However, if I’m looking at a book by an author whose work I’m unfamiliar with, then their blurb better be might-fine-attractive to my eye mind.
So … how about you? What are the important factors you take into consideration when buying a book?