How do you shop for books?

I suppose as an author that it is only natural that I read articles on how readers find their reading material. After all, I could target my promotion efforts (if I actually did promo) based on this enlightening knowledge.

The problem is I just don’t trust the information provided.

I think the majority of people shop like I do. I skip the latest releases and the best seller end caps and randomly grab books based on title, read the back then say yeah or nay.

Apparently, others rely on friends’ recommendations, reviews and some folks even open the book and read the first few pages or paragraphs.

I can barely remember author names and my knee jerk reaction is it can’t be good if so many folks like it. After all, aren’t these the same folks who think Olive Garden is good Italian food and Dominoes makes great pizza? Seriously?

Okay, I’ll put on my Freak hat with its glitter and lighted spraklers.

I don’t mind being different, mostly because I have passed the genetic trait onto all three of my child. Makes me proud to hear them rejecting someone because they’ve gotten popular and have obviously sold out their artistic integrity by pandering to the low brow masses.

Yep, still wearing my Freak hat but I’ve added a few hypocrisy ribbons because my MP3 player is loaded with popular songs spanning eight decades.

But I digress.

I pick books up willy-nilly and only afterwards realize they are part of a series. I’ve been told there are folks who don’t pick up books until a series is complete then they’ll pick them up and read all of them one after the other.

I love binge reading but admit some authors/stories begin to sound the same after the third book. Now, I space out my reading material to avoid such burn out.

But I still love series.

And I like to write series.

So as I begin to ruminate on my writing schedule for next year, which would you prefer–three books in a dystopian/post apocalyptic world published in one year, knowing that I wouldn’t write another series in this genre for another two years? Or should I just keep hop, skipping and jumping genres with at least one book written in all the assorted genres per year (and sometimes 2 in a particular genre)?

Right now the series stand like this:

Dugan Brothers (holiday romance books) 2 more under contract

Blue Books–2 more (maybe 4 depending)

Syn-En books (3-4 more after Registration)

Blood Books (2 more)

Role playing game follow up (optional)

Trying to squeeze in next year:

Straight WWI era romance novellas (8 per year)

Apocalyptic book series (new and exciting, set in modern times)

apolcalyptic novella series around 2012: Winter Harvest, filling in the gaps

Apocalyptic novellas (3 really nifty ideas–one of which is as close as I’ll get to zombies)

New Space SciFi series (3 books)

And there’s that pesky Atlantis book nagging at me (3 books minimum)


About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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3 Responses to How do you shop for books?

  1. danrshaw says:

    There are two eras in how I find books to read. One is BK and the other is AK. BK (Before Kindle) I would go to wallyworld and divide the book section up. I would walk down till I got to the romance novels and start there, Working my way back towards the new releases and top 10 list. I would glance at titles and then pick up the book whose title interested me and read the back cover. I would also look for authors who books I’ve enjoyed in the past. Once I got to the new releases I would stop because I would never pay the price of a hard backed book.
    AK (After Kindle) I no longer visit wallyworld for books at all. I would never pay the price for a paperback. I do have a disclaimer and that is I will pay the high price on Kindle for a new release that is only out in hardback for a must read author.
    I now rely on Kindle recommendations and will often do a genre search. I also receive a daily email of discount (free and 99 cent) books. In the AK era book covers aren’t so important to me. Titles are somewhat but what’s most important is the write up or book description. Some authors put very little thought or time into that book description. It’s crucial to me in this era. I next look at the star ratings but that’s only because it’s down there with the total number of pages or book size. Book size is really what’s more important. I will not pay for a short story unless it’s a known author and only 99 cents.
    When it comes to books in a series I love them. But I also love single books but in the some genre I usually read. I use to love westerns and Louis Lamour. Once he passed away and I had read all he had ever written I kind of gave up the genre.
    If I was an author that had several genre’s to choose from I would write what I enjoy and what sells the best and what has the best following. If you start a series and it has a strong following continue it and when it comes time to start a new series your readers will follow as long as it’s in the same genre.

  2. Peg says:

    I look at the cover, if to silly I pass it up because I have found in the past the in side is fluff as well. If the title and cover looks good I will read the first few pages or a chapter while standing there in other peoples way, if that reads well I will then look for other books by the same author. I agree with Dan, I don’t pay a lot for books, I go thru them too fast and I still have to buy food. Love the Kindle. I mostly read mysteries.

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