Monday, April 5, 2010
What motivates you?
With the recent release of Blood Ransom, like every good author, I've been doing everything I can to promote my book. My publisher, Zondervan, is also very involved in the marketing of the book, but because I live in Africa, all my promoting is done on line.
I've held contests, made a book trailer, have participated in lots of interviews, and have given away copies to reviewers. And in the process, all this marketing has made me ask myself one specific question.
What makes people go out and buy a book?
Let's face it, all of us have a limited amount of money and there are literally thousands of books out there, which means thousands of authors wanting you to buy their book. Yet, for those of us who love to read, we have to read books. And we have to (even want to) buy books.
So, I spent some time thinking about this question and have decided what makes me buy a book, but what about you? What motivates you go to a bookstore, or perhaps online, and buy a book? Is it because the book was written by an author you love, did the cover or the blurb grab you, or perhaps a friend told you that you just HAVE to read this book, or did you buy it because it was on sale.
I set up a poll on the sidebar of the blog. Please take a moment to put in your response. I'd also love to read comments on even more specific reasons as to what makes you buy a book.
I'll tell you what motivates me to buy a book and share the results of the poll with you later this month.
Until then, happy reading!
Lisa Harris is an award-winning author of twenty novels and novellas. She lives with her husband and their three children in Mozambique, Africa, where they work as missionaries. When she’s not busy writing or home schooling, she loves traveling, cooking different ethnic foods, and going on game drives through the African bush.
Visit her website or her blog for information on Blood Ransom--that releases this month, and all her books.