Expanding Your Library – Trying New Authors

Maybe your author died and isn’t writing anymore, maybe they just can’t write and publish as fast as you read or maybe you just want to expand your library…what do you do? You go to the bookstore or library and you pick up a book and hope for the best right? That’s what most people do. But is there a way to increase your rate of success? Is there a way to make taking that chance less risky? Because we all want to reduce risk and increase the chances of success, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know there are things that you can do. If you’re an avid reader with a very eclectic taste, then by all means you can haunt bookstores and libraries like I do. Click here and here to read about my recent experiences with that. But for those looking for more hit and less miss, try these tips.

First thing you need to do: choose an author in a genre you already enjoy. If you’re the queen of Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors like Anne McCaffrey they you’re probably not going to enjoy a true crime book. But if you read and enjoyed McCaffrey’s Rowan series and are looking to branch out, you might just like JD Robb’s (a pseudonym for author Nora Roberts) books featuring cop Eve Dallas and set in a futuristic New York. Just be warned that among the hover-capable cars and stun guns, there are still some pretty graphic sex scenes.

Ask questions. Talk to people in the same section of the bookstore you’re in, ask friends for recommendations or make use of online forums, fan and authors’ websites.

Look at the jackets of books you’ve already read or own. Authors that have endorsed those books probably write in that genre.

Trade books with a friend.

Join a book club.

Try the local library. Make it fun for yourself. Go to your favourite section and find a book by your favourite author. Tell yourself that you’re going to read the first couple of pages of the book of the author that’s immediately preceding or following your author or pick a number (between 1 & 10) and count from your author’s last/first book and try that one.

Finally, be patient and be adventurous.


That’s my advisory 2¢ for today.

I want to hear from you. Did you try any of these tips? Did they work for you? Do you have tips to share?

~ by leslies2cents on August 4, 2011.

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