Buy my books!
There I've said it. At the end of the day that it what I want you to do. I love talking to you, making friends with you, but ultimately, I want you to buy my books. Royalties means money in the bank, money in the bank means the bills are paid and Sue's family doesn't starve.
Does it offend you to be asked so bluntly? Should I say "Please buy my books?" Does that come over as begging? "Please, sir. May I have some more?"
The reason I am rambling about this is the way that we advertise our books varies considerably. Those of us who are ebook authors don't have the benefit of a shop where you can pick the book up, feel it, read a bit (put it down and walk away...).
What I want to know is what makes you buy a book? Particularly from an author you don't know. After all, it's your hard earned cash that we're asking you to part with.
Be honest here.What makes you look at a book when you're skimming through Amazon/ARe etc., or a publisher's site? Is it the cover? Is it the promise of something free? Do you read the blurbs?
What attracts your attention?
For me, it's the cover every time. If the book has a naff cover I probably won't look at it. Shallow yes, but honest. If somebody says buy my books I'll probably take a look because they've attracted my attention.
If an author posts their links without permission on my Facebook site, I'll never look at them again. But that is because it's my wall, my business. I love promoting authors, but they are polite enough to ask.
Marketing ourselves is an essential part of being an author. We arrange blogs, interviews, reviews; anything to promote our books. But in the end what we want is for people to buy them.
So, I am asking...what makes you buy a book; a review, an advertising campaign, the author's winning personality *g*?