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Sunday, May 22, 2011

When it comes to selling books, no one knows exactly what kind of marketing and publicity works. One thing everyone agrees on , though . . .

Word of mouth sells.

Got a favorite author or book? Readers are the biggest key to keeping him/her published. I love recommending books because I know the joy of finding a great read, and I want to pass that on to my friends. I've recommended "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers more times than I can count.

The last author I recommended? Our own Colleen Coble--to a new acquaintance I met last week who mentioned her love of suspense. She pulled out a pen and pad and wrote Colleen's name down. One honest recommendation can make two people happy--three, really, because who doesn't love to share a good read?

How do you share your most beloved books or authors, and what's the last book or author you recommended?

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Denise Hunter  
posted at 10:28 PM  
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At 3:40 AM, Blogger amber-dawn! said...

I use Visual Bookshelf on Facebook to let people know what books I'm currently reading, and I rate them when I finish. I love recommending books! The last few I've urged others to read are The Lightkeeper's Bride by Colleen, A Cowboy's Touch, the Four Lindas Series by Melody Carlson, and the Above the Line series by Karen Kingsbury.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger SheilaG said...

I noticed your facebook page is scheduled to be archived. Are you going to create a page or did I miss it? Just wondering. Love you guys, and enjoy your posts on here!

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Rel said...

Well, I recommend books on my review blog but am always telling friends and family about the latest books I've loved. At the moment I can't recommend Ronie Kendig's books highly enough. Check out Nightshade, Digitalis and the soon to be released, Wolfsbane.

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I'll have to try those Amber-dawn and Rel.

Sheila, we haven't been able to figure out how to update our GWO FB page. Not sure what we're going to do about that.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

I love word of mouth. I have always said that fiction readers are terrible gossips. :-D

The author I am recommending the most right now is Mesu Andrews. Her first book is Love Amid the Ashes. Wonderful retelling of the story of Job.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Barb said...

I cannot recommend Siri Mitchell enough.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I started a blog to share authors I love. I think I have four members. LOL. Still, It's one way to get the word out. I call it Sunroom Reflections.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Judy Gann said...

Denise, now you know why I love my job as a librarian. I get to recommend good reads everyday. I consider myself a matchmaker--matching books and readers.

Love all the book recommendations in the comments today! Thank you.

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

I wear tshirts with Colleen's face on front and her most recent book cover on back. Kidding. Although it is tempting sometimes. More seriously, I just talk you all up - send people to your blog so they can "get to know you". I've had several friends become new readers simply because they went to your blog and said "it was SO NICE to see the real writer behind the book"

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Jackie S. said...

As Jaime said, I TALK you girls up~~~ have read books by all of you, loved them all, and made sure my copies went to the church library where many read them! Received Lightkeeper's Ball today so soon as I devour it, will pass it on 'cause those readers are anxiously waiting for it. Sometimes, they say, what else has Denise, Cheryl written??! So I search for used copies of older books! So just keep up the great writing!!

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Jaime and Jackie!

Barb, I like Siri too.

Thanks for some good sounding recommendations, all!

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Laura J said...

In addition to you ladies, Dee Henderson is one I suggest to a lot of people--if only she'd write some new stuff. Lynette Eason is great for suspense too.
Erynn Mangum is a young author I recommend for Christian chick lit.
Ally Carter is a great YA author. It's not "Christian" but it's clean and awesome for teens.
I could go on and on.

At 2:44 AM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

I use GetGlue to share what I'm reading. That way, I can do it from my phone and it appears on Facebook and Twitter (not to mention the super cute badges I earn!) My favorite author to recommend is Charles Martin. The man has never written a bad book!

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

You probably already checked this out, but here is Facebook info on upgrading.


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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.

Hannah Alexander

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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