I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. ~Groucho Marx
Yesterday on Romancing the Blog, they wrote this quote:
A recent chat with Borders Group Lead Romance Buyer Sue Grimshaw revealed that a new author needs to be releasing a book at least every six months if they hope to get a toehold in the market.
After I picked myself off the floor, I realized that this may be pretty close to correct -- after all, if you're a new author and don't have a substantial backlist to entertain the reader who loves your voice, you need to keep feeding the frenzy. Readers are fickle, and forget quickly. I've read dozens of authors who I thought were pretty good, looked and read their one other book and then promptly forgot about them because I hadn't been able to reinforce how much I liked them.
One exception was Raeanne Thayne because, even though I wasn't able to get a ton of her backlist after I enjoyed one book I stumbled upon, I blogged about how much I enjoyed the book and she commented on my blog. So she's in my brain forever, and I look for her new releases.
As a reader, how do you remember authors names that you love? I'm not talking the biggies like La Nora or Jenny Crusie, but the newer ones like Paula Graves or Diana Peterfreund ? Do you write them down? Do you look for a website or blog and bookmark it?
And how do you find new authors? Recommendations from friends? Book reviews? Those funky recommendations on Amazon or Barnes and Noble?
As a writer, how will you keep your name out there after your first book is published? What do you plan on doing to promote yourself? Do you think you can write a decent book quickly enough to provide one for publication every six months? Do you think you need to?
Talk to me folks!
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