Sunday, August 19, 2012

Why Authors and Readers RULE the publishing world.

A short story in my tween fantasy series The Mall Fairies, released September 14. If you pre-order here, then it's only 79 cents! Cheap!

Yes, I just had to crow a little about this new release! However, it slips into my main subject of this post. Since several of my stories are being released from several different publishers in the next couple of months I've been going promo mad. Then I saw a post on an authors'  facebook group where another author asked, (I'm paraphrasing), "Isn't all this promo to other authors just belly button gazing? Does any of it reach the readers?"

And my answer is threefold.
First, authors are readers. I find all my reading off of social media now. And I read a lot.
Second, readers also follow a lot of this social media by authors. Why? For the simple reason that readers are fascinated by authors. I know I'm fascinated by other author's lives. 
And this brings me to the third point. It used to be that the only author's lives we could know about was the famous ones, and only read/buy a current release--but now authors and readers rule the publishing world! They can find out all about, everything (like a story being on sale if pre-ordered). 

I love this world of TMI. I've found lots of great reads! What about you, dear reader? What do you think? Do you love or hate this new world?


J.Q. Rose said...

I love this new world of publishing. So exciting to discover new stories, new authors, and have my favorites only a click away. I agree--writers are readers so why not garner sales from them. Best wishes on all your new releases (and the old ones too!!)

Conda Douglas said...

You and me both, JQ--this world rocks for writers and readers--no more waiting forever for another good read because the publishers take years to release just a few titles! And thanks for the well wishes too!

Sheila Deeth said...

It's exciting, but I feel like I'm permanently suffering from TLT (too little time)

Conda Douglas said...

Sheila, welcome to my blog! And yes, I, too feel TLT. But then I remind myself that everything I do on social media remains--so I don't need to do everything.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Long before I considered myself a writer, I was still fascinated by my favorite authors and wondered what their lives were like. So, yes, I would have read their blogs if they had been available when I was in middle school or high school. (Though I probably would have skipped the super promo-heavy ones in favor of ones that let me get to know the authors. Different people have different tastes, though.)

Conda Douglas said...

Yes, Caryn--you make a good point--some of the blogs have no content--just buy, buy, buy! Too annoying!