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In preparation for the third post in my series about The Fine Art of Self-promotion (I'll put up part two tomorrow), I’d appreciate you taking a moment to answer the following questions:

 

1. Have you ever picked up a book because you recognized the author’s name from Live Journal or some other blog?  It doesn’t matter whether or not you then went on to read or buy it, and if you want to give names, that’s great, but for my purposes, a straight yes or no will do just fine if you prefer.


2. Have you ever NOT picked up a book because you recognized the author’s name from Live Journal or some other blog? That is to say, has the author's journal put you off?  If the answer's yes, please don't name names.


Thanks in advance,

 

Jon




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peadarog
Oct. 18th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
1. Yes
2. No
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
Thanks Peadar :)
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jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
To answer my own questions, the answer to the first is 'yes', authors include Ilona Andrews, Cate Gardner and Jim Hines.

The answer to the second is also 'yes'.
catephoenix
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
:D
temporus
Oct. 18th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
1) Yes. Many, many times. Sometimes in cases where I don't read that author's blog, but because I saw the book on another writer's blog, and recognized it.

2) Not that I can think of, though I suppose its possible and I just don't realize or remember.
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
Thanks, Ed :)
theladywolf
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Yes to number 1. One author was Sarah Prineas. She doesn't blog a lot but she comes across as a decent human being. Plus her book was in a genre I wanted to research. Plus it had an awesome cover. :) And then I read it and enjoyed it.
Another time I bought a book on Amazon because the writer was doing a "save me from homelessness" appeal on LJ. Not a great reason for buying a book really. But anyway, as far as I'm aware she still has a home so she probably has me to thank for that. :)

2 Yes.
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
'...2 Yes...'

Phew! For a while there, I thought I might be the only one.

Thanks for sharing :)
catephoenix
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
Yes to the first (Lisa Mantchev, Aaron Polson, Joel Sutherland, Mike Stone plus many more), and no to the second.
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Excellent :)
maryjdal
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
1) yes
2) no
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Ta :)
smeddley
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
No to the first, and yes to the second. Though in the second case, we already own books by the author, and it wasn't the blog that turned me off, rather some comments made in a community (oddly, it was praising the writing of a truly abysmal writer, and I can't help but think 'oh my god, if you think that's okay, how can I want to read your work'? Despite the fact that my husband says I'd probably really like the books...).
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing :)
jdawson001
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
1. No.

2. No.

But in everyone's defense, I haven't been IN a bookstore in about a year. I received so many free books from last year's World Fantasy Convention, and I already had several to read. Plus I won I signed copy of another author's book in a workshop marathon.

Jenn
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you have a massive tbr pile. Do you find yourself checking out the one's by blog-people first?
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dendrophilous
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
1. Yes, many times. If I named names I'd be here all day.

2. Not that I recall. Except in the cases where they post things like "This book is exactly the kind of book that dendrophilous hates!" but I don't think that's where you're going with that question.
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
'...Except in the cases where they post things like "This book is exactly the kind of book that dendrophilous hates!" ...'

Lol, not exactly :)
bogwitch64
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
How funny you should bring this subject up today; I did just this yesterday. I found a hardcover copy of Sandra McDonald's Outback Stars in the wild, and though I already own two copies of the paperback, I bought it because it is not only a hard cover first edition (which I always like to have) but because it's Sandra's. Her LJ is currently friends-locked, so I don't have an LJ name for you.

When I am in a bookstore, I look for friends' titles. Many times, I'll buy a copy even if I have it so I can give it to someone else (usually my son-in-law.)
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wow! :)
ex_naomi_ja
Oct. 18th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
In answer to 2: I stopped reading a certain author partly because her journal was so... off-putting. WAY too much personal detail. It was uncomfortable reading, especially when the same kind of details and situations were showing up in her fiction.
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing (and for not naming names) :)
cathschaffstump
Oct. 18th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
While I've never been put off by another author's journal yet, descriptions of their actions have put me off.

I certainly have picked up author's books because I like their journals. For example, if you had a book, I would pick it up.

Suck uppingly,
Catherine
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Lol, and thank you :)
amy34
Oct. 18th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
I've bought and read many books written by folks I've found on LiveJournal.

Never been turned off a book by the author's LJ, but I did stop reading one author because she was so rude and contemptuous to her fans in other forums.
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
'...but I did stop reading one author because she was so rude and contemptuous to her fans in other forums...'

Interesting. Thanks for sharing :)
clarionj
Oct. 18th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
I've bought many books based on authors I've found on LiveJournal or books that have been mentioned here. What I remember immediately: 2 collections by Sonya Taaffe, three novels by Adrienne Jones, four novels by Ronald Damien Malfi, 2 novels by Byron Starr, 2 novels by Nadia Williams, poetry collections recommended by Erzebet Yellowboy, as well as countless magazines, etc. that people have recommended. On my wish list are two authors found on Facebook and LJ: Lucy Snyder and Aurelio O'Brien. So, yes, definitely. It's one of my main sources now for finding good reading.

No, I've never NOT bought something based on recognizing an LJ name. But if a writer I like reviews a book or simply mentions not liking it, it influences my decision to buy or not to buy.
jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback :)
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jongibbs
Oct. 18th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
'...Of course, I have also been disappointed to find someone whose book I loved was, in fact, a big ol' jerk on the internet...'

Yeah, I imagine that's a bummer. Thanks for sharing :)
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