After another “this book wasn’t what I was expecting/had objectionable elements” comment–which I’ve basically seen since my first release and occasionally get email about–I’ve really been pondering this again. Where do YOU find details about the books you purchase if there aren’t yet reader reviews available?
I know money’s tight around our house and I hate spending money on something that’s too short, or poorly written/edited, or has elements I dislike (don’t even get me started on cheating in romances). Sometimes I think I spend more time reading ABOUT the books I want to buy than actually reading. If there are no reviews or recommendations from friends, I try to check the author’s website, info on Kindle or ARe, and that kind of thing. As a reader, I hate when I feel cheated.
As a writer, I very much want to give readers what they desire (hot fictional men! hot fictional sex! a happily ever after!) and I want them to find the right books. There are only so many hours in the day with work and family. I genuinely feel badly if I don’t deliver what someone expects, whether it’s the length or the genre or what have you.
Beyond keeping genre things listed on my blog’s book pages (and you shouldn’t have to go hunting through a blog for details) and using the “From the Author” section on Kindle pages…what can writers do to clarify these things for readers? Where do YOU go to find out if a book is right for you? I know I have a bunch of books out but I also feel terribly new some days and am completely open to suggestions. (Also, does anyone know if B&N has an “Author Central” type thing? As I haven’t found one.)