I confess to being swayed by a book’s cover or by the texture of the paper inside when searching for something to read. If the paper bends and flips just right and the finish is smooth, a book is even more tempting. Pretty colors and elegant dresses will tempt me when I’m looking for a historical romance. That’s one way I would come across a new author.
Occasionally I will discover a new author by scrolling through Facebook. I hope to help authors who are promo-ing a free book by downloading their book. Sometimes I get to reading them and some I don’t. When I do and I like the book, I will go back to their Amazon page and see what else they have that looks interesting. I like to see if they have a series, and if so, if any of the books feature characters that I’m interested in.
From what I understand, this is a pretty typical way to find new authors.
Another way I find new authors is through anthologies. I’ve discovered several new authors by purchasing anthologies that included authors I’ve enjoyed. It is a fun surprise to discover more stories and writers that I enjoy. I am currently reading an anthology called Sweet Tea and Kisses. Most of the stories are set in the South.
The final way I discover new authors is through skimming the free offerings on Amazon. I like to look for romantic comedies (although my definition of that genre (think ‘You’ve Got Mail’) seems to differ somewhat from Amazon’s. Partially because of this mis-match, this technique brings sketchy results.
What have you found to be a reliable way to discover new authors? What parts of the story will spur you to look at an author’s other books?