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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I was just looking at the reviews that came out today from Romantic Times. None of my books were reviewed this time so I have no horse in the race this month but it got me to thinking about how we authors put way too much stock in them. I bet you, our friends, didn't realize we hang on everything you say and our ego is all tied up in how well you like our newest offering. LOL But while I was on the site, I glanced back through the reviews they've done for me. Do you know my best selling books are usually a 3, not a 4 or a 4 1/2? Isn't that funny? The Lightkeeper's Daughter only got a 3 and it is selling like crazy!

So that got me to wondering just what is it that makes a reader tell another reader about a book they read? What will make you grab a friend and say you have to read this book or this author? Any insight to help us hit the mark even better for what you like to read?

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Colleen Coble  
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At 2:35 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

That’s a good question and one I would love to know the answer to. I get this nice e-mails from people telling me how much they loved one of my books, but I seldom see evidence that they have told other people. But I don’t know that I’m any better. I’m not one to grab people by the lapels and tell them that they absolutely have to read a book that I have read. What I do find is that there are some books that have a tendency to come up in conversation or as an example in a blog post. For me, the key element is that the book has to be memorable. The plot has to be atypical or the ending has to be unexpected or it has to be about an unusual subject or the book has to be poorly written. Whatever it is, there has to be something that makes the book stand out in my mind as the primary example of something, so that when I start searching for a name to mention it is the first that comes to mind.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Abby said...

When it can make me laugh out loud I tell my friends:)

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

When a book evokes strong emotions, of any type, I tend to tell my friends about it and encourage them to read the book. I share books I really like with my mother, sisters & close friends. If I am reading a book by a favorite author (one of the G-W-O!), I usually recommend them to anyone that will listen. I have a "Visual Bookshelf" on Facebook and have started writing reviews when I finish a book & posting them. Over the years, I have lost a few books because of loaning them to people to read & not getting them back, but that doesn't stop me from loaning someone a book I hope they will enjoy as much as I have.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger jel said...

well since all my friends are in my pc, I can't grab them, but if I could grab them though the pc, It would get a heads up, foresure :)

I blog about the book if I like it,

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I tell people about books I love. Either because they had some social and emotional impact like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Or because the book warmed me, entertained me.

I don't care much about reviews. I read the first page and if I "feel" it, then I buy it. Sometimes my gut is wrong but not often.

At 4:51 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

Hi Colleen~

I just recommended your books set in upper Michigan this week. I love a good mystery with romance thrown in and your dogs clench it with me. What more could I want?

I tend to read the back of the book where it gives a short overview and if gets my interest, then I'll buy it. My favorite authors I usually prebuy or buy as soon as they come out.

I love passing on books and have even had people ask me if I had another one in a series as they couldn't find it anywhere - they desperately wanted to know what happened in that book.

I also love books that bring todays world into what God has told us we will see happening close to His coming. Joel Rosenberg's books hit the spot for that need!

I just love a good read no matter the setting, whether a mystery, a love story or a great spy novel.

Keep writing those great books!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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