Some Questions for You, Reader!

14 Dec
I am curious. When it comes to books and authors:
Do you love browsing bookstores, or would you rather buy your books online? Or do you like the library?
If an author comes to your town, do you enjoy attending readings and having your book signed? Or, would you like it if more authors gave "virtual" book readings and you obtained a signed book another way? Or do you care if it is signed?
What would you love for the author of your book to do that you would feel uncomfortable asking or think they are too busy, etc? For example, would you love it if an author came to your book club? Or some other event?
What draws you to a book – if you do not know the author or what you want to read – is it the cover, the blurb, the first paragraph, a mix of those?
Do you visit the author’s website? What do you look for there?
These are all things I will one day want to know so I can get out there and make my book successful! (or books, I should say). I want to start thinking about ways I can reach readers.
If you have any other comments, or even suggestions, for authors of books put them in the comments or email me! I am interested in what you have to say.
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13 Responses to “Some Questions for You, Reader!”

  1. Pamela December 14, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Hi Kat, can I call you Kat? I like to browse the bookstores, and as once I find an author that I like, I will buy any book she writes, I like to go to Half Price Books, grab a free coffee,and spend some time there. I do not care about book signings.I do like to hear how the characters " came to " the author. What draws me to a book? Well, if it is not an author I already follow, a rave review from another author that I admire will do it,and a good cover will do wonders, I never thought I would enjoythe paranormal romance, and probably wouldn`t have ever tried one, had I not been seduced by a scrumptious hero on the cover!! Take care, xx

  2. Small Footprints December 14, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    Hi! Before I get started on your questions, I want to say thanks for linking to my current article .. and … in case you didn\’t remember … you are the kind reader that got me started on researching toxic ingredients. I learned a lot in the process so … thank you for your comments.OK … on to your questions:Typically I will browse libraries … I love bookstores but will usually stop myself from buying a brand new book (it\’s a green thing). I have bought books from Amazon, used, but it\’s always a book that I\’m already familiar with and feel I must own (usually a Tao book or some kind of reference book).I love to go to readings … however I usually don\’t know the author when I go. Listening to their talk can really get me interested and I will admit that there have been times when I "caved" and bought a brand new book from an author … and got it signed.I think it\’s great fun when an author teaches a class. I\’ve taken a few and they bring such a unique perspective to writing. I\’ve taken classes at the local college as well as a type of class at the library.I am drawn to books by a mix of things: the look of the cover (anything that remotely resembles a "romance" turns me away), the author\’s name (try as I might, I just don\’t enjoy men\’s writing styles), and then I read the first page (if it doesn\’t grab me, I put it back).When I find an author that I like, I do look at their website. I enjoy reading anything they put there but mostly look for a list of their books … and I appreciate it when they put them in order by date written. I like reading an author\’s first book and then moving through the list.I hope that helps! Hope you\’re staying warm on your mountain!!Small Footprints

  3. JaAG December 14, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Luv browsing online and off. Have been to many book signings. My best story, I took my son\’s copy of the "Hitchhiker\’s guide to the Universe" to get inscribed by the author the late great Douglas Adams. But I got there late and was religated to the back of the anti-room. Douglas was a very good speaker and as he ended his spiel, sat a table near the exit figuring that I\’d have to tell Aaron that the line to get the book signed was too long. The next thing I knew, Douglas came to the table for the signing and I was the first in line! I got off my duff, turned around and handed him the book with a really lame, "My son luvs your books." Doh! Douglas scribbled his name in three strokes and dismissed me with a "Next". Some writers shouldn\’t do signing duty. Just say no, if you have no personality for that kind of thing.

  4. Gumbo December 14, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

    I\’m a brick-and-mortar store gal, but I do like researching stuff on Amazon, and have frequented quite a few times. But nothing compares to holding, smelling and reading from a hard copy for me. Same for signings. I want to see the real author face to face. When I\’ve pre-ordered a book, I\’ll sometimes ask the author to sign me a bookplate. :) I would heart an author to come to my writers group, and several have. It\’s awesome having them to yourselves and asking questions around a table. The cover & blurb get me or lose me right off. I visit lots of writers\’ blogs just to keep up with what\’s going on and to yap about the craft. Now…enough about my druthers. :)

  5. Ann December 14, 2008 at 1:30 pm #

    1) love browsing bookstores.2) only buy book online if I know what I want.3) I don\’t usually attend book signings.4) blurb or word of mouth or review in newspaperbest,Nan

  6. FotoTrek December 14, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi Kat,I love bookstores, but books can be so expensive I usually check them out from the library. If I know (or have an idea of) what I want I like going to Amazon and reading the reader reviews there.Signed would only matter if it were a special book… like yours will be! : ) I don\’t like waiting in lines so I probably wouldn\’t attend a signing.If I don\’t have a particular book in mind, I usually have a genre in mind, and I just browse whichever it is at that time.Mostly it\’s recommendations from friends that get me to read certain books.Hope this was somewhat helpful. I do enjoy reading, but wouldn\’t call myself an avid reader anymore.Liz : )

  7. JaAG December 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Oh, I forgot about the author\’s Website question. Personally I look for a sexy smile and a wicked double entendre. But then that\’s probably not an average answer is it.

  8. Linda December 15, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Well, I usually buy the book and then sell them back or pass them on to friends. I would definitely come to a signing. Will you come to my town……Hugs,Linda

  9. Michiko's December 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    I just coming a wishes A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for being a good friend.I\’ll be back early next year ( I go to New Zealand) untill then see you.By the way I don\’t read a book but if I do, I would rather buy new one? sorry to a short comment. Michiko

  10. Stephen Craig December 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    Dear Kathryn, I love browsing old bookstores and libraries as well as my own bookshelves. I also like visiting a writers wep site. That is why I am here. Smile. Thank you for visiting the Painting Studios and for your most kind comments. As ever be well

  11. Glenda December 16, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi Kat, I love libraries but like book stores even better.I try to support our indie book stores because they are becoming more scarce by the minute. I do buy used books online but when I want a new book for a gift or one I want to keep, I buy from Phillips and Lloyd Books, in our town. As for book signings. I attend those of my writer friends, and always get my books signed. But the best advice I ever had from an author who evidently knew that most people don\’t attend book signings unless the author is famous, was: "It doesn\’t matter how many people show up for your signing. What matters is the time you have with the book store owner and how well she likes you and your book. If you have made a friend and she likes your book, she will sell your book when you aren\’t there. I buy books that have been recommended to me or by an author I like. I also buy books on "how to write…" so I often buy used paperbacks and pass them on. I have a few rare books and some lovely books I may never read, but they are special in some way. You asked some excellent questions here and I\’ve referred my readers at to come over and check out this post and the comments.

  12. Linda December 16, 2008 at 8:22 pm #

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2009. <My town is Jeffersonville, IN, right on the Ohio River across from Louisville, KY. Hope to see you here oneday. Hugs,Linda

  13. Zeynep December 17, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    I used to like to go library once upon a time, lol. Now I don\’t read books or don\’t browse the book stores anymore. I don\’t give sign for my own books also. Because I don\’t get some invites about it.Have a great day, love and peace, Zeynep xx

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