In this world that often feels controlled by social media, authors tend to feel like they have a built-in platform or audience. However, several recent articles I read have indicated that self promotion via social media does not work.
Because writing and selling books is my business, I thought it was time to do some research as to where inspirational romance readers found their reading material.
How did you discover the last book you bought and read?
Did a friend tell you about a book and you had to go buy it and read it? Did you see a Facebook post and find it intriguing? Are you a member of a book club and found the book on a list? How did you hear about the last book you bought and read?
I appreciate you taking the time to answer this question. Your feedback will be valuable on so many levels. If you leave a comment telling me you answered the poll, you’ll be entered to win an autographed paperback of my entire Jewel Series, which contains all four books in the best selling series.
I’m happy to ship internationally. The giveaway ends Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Thank you for participating!
I answered the poll. Thanks for the giveaway!
Julia Wilson says
I answered the poll.
I answered! By the way, my “other method not listed” was goodreads :)
Goodreads! argh! I knew I would leave something off of the poll. I can’t edit it, either. Thank you for elaborating.
Lol no worries – just wanted to be more informative than “other” :-)
Hi Hallee, I responded to your poll. Also, I am sending a reply because I am not sure how to make an original comment. Please let me know, and I will post original comments after this one.
I answered. It’s actually a tough question, though – I keep up with my favourite authors via FB, but often discover new authors through cross-promotion (from the authors I do follow) or through free Kindle books on Amazon.
I answered the poll. So glad I was introduced to your books through a blog!
I’m glad you were introduced to my books, too!
Lynda E. says
I answered the poll–thanks for the giveaway, too!
Deanna S says
I voted, I guess a lot of us like to hear from our favorite authors about new books :)
Leslie M says
I answered the poll!
Sarah Venable says
I answered the poll! CBD is where I find most of my books…..
Joan Arning says
I answered the poll. I get many books because of groups on Facebook.
The last book I purchased was as the result of an announcement of release post on facebook by an author!
I answered the poll!
Ann Ellison says
I answered the poll. It was through social media from an author. It was a request from an author to read a ARC and be ready to review it.
Claudia Castenir says
I answered the poll and said another method not listed. The other method was selecting the next book in a series I was reading. I chose the series based on my enjoyment of previously read books by that author.
Series! Another good option I should have thought of. (And I write series…lol)
Amanda B. says
I answered the poll “by author newsletter”. I am so busy working and mothering that normally I prioritize emails over social media.
I did the survey and I hope it helps!
I commented. The last books I bought were either social media from friends or from non-author blogs or from browsing online bookstores. But the last inspy romance book I bought was from social media by the author.
Thanks for the giveaway! I answered the poll. I heard about my last book via Goodreads too, but I consider that “social media from friend”. ;)
I did the poll. I actually got my info from a book group on facebook, they are not close friends, but I consider them friends. Thank you for the chance to win your books.
Joelle Hawkins Teague says
Did the survey and I do believe that social media can have a huge impact. Have also learned from several befriended authors that readers leaving reviews is also very important!
Twiz C says
I answered -normally try free Amazon books and if I like them buy more…
Thank you for answering, Twiz! Do you mind if I ask how you find the free books you read?
Linda Rainey says
I answered the poll. I believe social media is the way to go. I have read multiple genres over the years. Recently I started reading Christian Fiction and found Avid Readers of Christian Fiction and from there found Christian Reviewers.
This brought to many authors that have become my favorites. I also have gained many friends.
Trixi O. says
I answered the poll. A lot of books I’ve heard about it is through different author interviews on various blogs and giveaways on both FB & author blogs. I just signed up for Twitter here recently, so I’ve also seen books featured by the authors I follow. Or suggestions by other authors on the locations mentioned. I love when authors promote other authors! It’s has a wonderful author “family” feel :-)
I answered the question on your poll. And just like me, it seems mist found their books kn social media sights.
I hear about them from goodreads too :) I answered. :) Thank you :)
Andrea Byerley says
I answered the poll. I keep tabs on a list on my local library’s website of new books they’ve acquired. Oftentimes I’ll find a new author by that means, then look up and purchase other books of theirs.
I answered the poll…usually look on Amazon’s sales list.
Brenda Murphree says
I answered the poll! Thanks for the opportunity!
Renee G says
I answered your poll.
I answered the poll questions. I clicked on ‘other method’ and it was Goodreads. :)
Cindy Pillatzki says
Would love to win your books! I answered the poll.
Hi! Just wanted to say I answered the poll and hope you get a lot of responses. I love your books and I plan to read more. Keep writing.
I answered the poll, thanks for the chance to win!
Jenna M says
I answered the poll! :)
Cathy Cermele says
I answered the poll. I also request books from Netgalley to review.
Thanks and have an amazing day!
shai mama says
I answered the poll based on the very last book I actually bought. But as a general rule, I get most of my books through authors, publishers or book club networks for review. I absolutely LOVED your Song of Suspense books!!
Britney Adams says
I voted and appreciate the giveaway opportunity!!
Sarah Ackerman says
I answered the poll. Thanks for a chance to win :)
I answered the poll. Thank you for this chance to win your books.
I participated in the poll! Thanks for the opportunity.
Answered the poll and posted your book giveaway on our FB page :)
Khayzelle Cayabyab says
I answered the poll! So happy to discover authors, thanks to social media :D and thank you for the giveaway! :) Have a lovely day!
I answered the poll-thanks!