Where do you find new authors? by Sharon Cullen
The other day, while I was taking my nail polish off, I had this thought. Do cotton manufacturers deliberately make small cotton balls so they can sell triple sized cotton balls? Because I’m a triple-sizer, myself. I don’t want any small cotton balls to try to tackle the task of taking off my nail polish.
Yes, these are the things I think about. Weird, I know.
But that got me to thinking about marketing. Do they market cotton balls as triple sized because we consumers think we’re getting more for our money?
And that brought me to book marketing.
As authors, we have a more creative nature. Oftentimes we don’t think, or don’t want to think, about the practical side of book selling. In a perfect writing utopia (is that redundant?) we would write our books and send them off and every one of them will hit the NYT bestseller list.
When in truth, we have to do a lot of marketing. And sometimes, when we drag our noses out of our books, we don’t really know what to do to grab your attention.
What sells books? Besides a well-written book, that is.
If you’re looking at a new-to-you author, what do you look for? A good cover? A well-written blurb? A great quote by another author you admire? Good reviews? All of the above? None of the above?
Do you go online and find author’s social media accounts?
For me, as a reader (I’m taking off my writing hat right now), I would have to say all of the above.
So, tell me, please, what do you look for when you’re contemplating a new-to-you author? And does social media influence you one way or another?
Also, do you buy triple sized cotton balls?
About the Author:
Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romance, The Notorious Lady Anne (on sale now), Loving the Earl (available November 2013) and Pleasing the Pirate (February, 2014). She’s also published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance.
Her other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.