03-21-2011 05:24 PM
Over the weekend I finished reading a book from first-time author Lecia Cornwall called Secrets of a Proper Countess.
It's a good story about a widow who's under the legal control of her dead husband's family. She can do nothing even remotely rebellious or fun or else she'll lose the ability to see her son. At a masquerade ball, she feels unusually daring and makes a connection with London's most notoriously seductive rake, and the story goes from there.
As I was reading, I wondered how often you all pick up debut authors? I know that some of you buy several books at a time, so if you're getting some tried-and-true writers, will you take a chance on an author you don't know? What if you only have money for ONE book? And what is it about a debut author's bookt that will make you take that gamble? Is it reviews? publishers? cover and title?
Just curious. You know me. I like to see what you all are thinking from time to time.
03-21-2011 07:23 PM - edited 03-21-2011 07:25 PM
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P.S. Maybe someone could move this post to a more correct thread.
03-21-2011 08:01 PM
If the plot sounds good I'm willing to try anything. Even if there aren't reviews up for the book yet, if it captures my attention then I will buy it. As a matter of fact, this book sounds really good, definitely going to get it. As to your other questions, I do keep to authors I know and love because I'm pretty much guranteed a good book, but that doesn't mean that I don't try new authors all the time. If I had only money for one book and I had to choose between two, one from an author that I know and love and one from an author I have not read before I would just decide which one I want to read more and get that one.
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03-21-2011 08:06 PM
I enjoy reading debut authors beacuse it gives me a chance to see what new that they add to the genre but also if the book is really good in my opion than I am likely to look for the next book and reccommend the one I read.
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03-21-2011 08:57 PM
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03-22-2011 12:23 AM
I would have to agree with what everyone said, if the storyline sounds good then I will give it a shot. Plus I read a ton of book blogs who sometimes get advanced copies of some new authors so I can see their reviews to help me make up my mind.
03-22-2011 02:04 PM
I usually don't hear about any unless it is posted somewhere. The reason why I usually stay with the same authors is because I don't want to buy a book that isn't good. I love how with the nook, I can get the sample to try the book/author out.
03-22-2011 04:31 PM
I always give debut authors a chance, they are just starting out and tend to have faith in their work. You can feel an author's dedication to their manuscripts in the voices of their characters, which is part of the reason I love genre fiction and try to avoid mainstream titles. Older more established authors like Danielle Steele and James Patterson (shudders...) have a tendency to just fling out cookie cutter titles, without putting any fire or passion into their work...The debut authors might be new to the scene, but many of them come out swinging...
03-23-2011 08:25 PM - edited 03-23-2011 08:30 PM
I completely agree with that. I have been known to buy a book by my favorite author without even reading the description simply because they are my favorite. Sometimes my writing paragons have let me down. It seems they are applying a blueprint simply to churn out books. Debut authors are fresh and creative and do not yet have fan base they must satisfy. They write for the joy of writing and that makes for some good reads.
As for how I find these debut authors... many of them I find at the library or B&N. The plot is what interests me the most, second is the characters. I'll admit that some books don't even get a second glance if the cover doesn't interest me a little, however that's usually only the case when I'm browsing.
03-24-2011 04:38 PM
Hi guys, I almost missed this question.
Melanie I LOVE debut authors, sometimes in fact most times they surprise me with their storytelling wizardry, you know because I don't have enough to read now.
And like so many other posters I find so many of them here, I do miss FL though where we almost always had debut authors.
03-24-2011 04:58 PM
I'll read new authors, but I won't buy new authors until I've tried at least one title to get a feel for their writing. I don't have $$ to spend on something I won't finish. [ I'm at an age where I don't finish what I'm not enjoying].
I've also found a couple people here who seem to share my taste in reading, and so I have taken their suggestions of new-to-me authors and used the sample feature on the NookColor and have been pleased with what I've read.
04-03-2011 04:46 PM
I tend to avoid first time authors. If I don't like the writing style of an author from the beginning of a book I stop reading. Sometimes first time authors take a book ot two to firmly find their voice, their writng style. Who wants to plunk down money for a book thats never going to be finished?