What a weekend! The spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt ran through 11:59 PM MDT on Sunday, ending at midnight. I was the coordinator this time around, and the comments and emails kept me hopping from Thursday through Sunday. If you are new to my blog, post scavenger hunt, welcome! I hope you will enjoy what you find here.
I love these scavenger hunts. It is a great way to introduce myself and my books to new readers, and it’s also so much fun to reconnect with long time readers.
With all of the above in my thoughts, I’m curious to know, what makes you buy a book by an author you’ve never read before?
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I’m not just a writer. I’m a reader too. Fiction. Bios/memoirs. Reference. Research. And since I am active in the Christian fiction writing community, I’m always being introduced to new-to-me authors. The trouble is, I can’t read them all. I don’t have that much reading time or that much disposable income. So just like all of you, I have to be convinced to buy a book.
- A great review from a professional source I trust (one that has proven to have similar tastes to my own)
- The recommendation of reading friends, in person or on a blog
- An interesting or unusual plot combined with enticing cover copy
- Occasionally, a fabulous cover may get me close to buying a book, although it will take something more to make me complete the deal
- Price can also affect my decision whether or not to buy; I may be more willing to try an author I’ve never read before if the price is discounted
So what about you? What is your criteria for buying a book by a new-to-you author?