Is it the book cover? An excerpt? A back cover blurb? Could a blog post sway you? Or how about a free book? If you like it great, you want to read more, but what if you don’t? Do you chuck the book and refuse to never read the author again? Even if her next book gets crazy buzz and is much better?
I know how I’d answer these questions, and sadly, I am not a very forgiving reader. But I have to remember that as I have grown as an author with each book, so then do other authors, and I want readers to give me a second chance, so then I should give the same opportunity to authors I don’t initially flip over. But sometimes, I just can’t…
For me it comes down to trust. I’m a wuss. Don’t get me wrong, I like a gritty, edgy book but I want an HEA. I need one. If there is none then I do not read the book. I don’t read to be depressed or to cry sad tears. Ok, well, sad tears so long as I know there is an HEA.
I need to trust the author not to hurt me or the characters I have come to love. So, no matter how good a story is, if in the end there is no HEA, I will not read the book. It’s why I never watched Titanic. The guy dies! Had I even suspected how Cold Mountain would end, no freakin way would I have put my heart out there on the chopping block.
But oddly, one of my all time fave books is Gone With the Wind. I suppose it’s because I have such confidence in Scarlet. I know Rhett will be back. How could he not? Miss Scarlet always gets what she sets her sites on.
So, back to my original question: What makes you buy a new author? And are you a wuss like me?
and to y’all down there in the Gulf Coast, how are you doing? I’ve been glued to the tele.