New Author Challenge

This past Saturday, I had a book signing at a local chain bookstore in Ottawa (Carlingwood Coles). It was a wildly successful one, in my opinion, with sales that nearly cleaned out the store’s stock (including extra copies they’d received in error). Driving home afterward, I couldn’t help but reflect on how incredibly fortunate I was to have so many people willing to take a chance on an author they’d never heard of before, with many buyers taking not just one but both books.

I’ll be honest here, folks. Breaking into the book market is not an easy task. Even with Sins of the Angels on store shelves for a year now and Sins of the Son joining it six months ago, I’m still a newcomer to this game. My writing career, along with the careers of countless other new authors, hinges on readers taking a chance on us…trusting us to tell them a story that captivates them, that makes the money they spent on us worth it. We need bold, brave readers willing to step off the well-trodden paths into the worlds we’ve created for them. And we need those same readers to tell everyone they can think of about our books if they’ve enjoyed them.

So here’s my challenge: this week, I want everyone out there to pick up a book by a new author. If there’s something you’ve looked at a dozen times in the bookstore but haven’t gotten around to picking up yet, now is the time to do so. If you’ve seen a review that caught your eye, try the book that inspired it. Heard from your sister/mother/father/uncle/boss about a book you just have to read? Do it.

And then, if you like it? Tell someone. Tell lots of someones. Post a review on Amazon/Goodreads/ Chapters Indigo or wherever you hang out on the Internet.ย Oh, and make sure you tell me, too!

So what new author will you read this week? ๐Ÿ™‚

 


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18 responses to “New Author Challenge”

  1. Jyothsna Avatar
    Jyothsna

    I am not a writer myself but I can imagine how rough the path can be..and its very nice of you to encourage readers to take a chance on new authors!
    I just got “Full Blooded” by Amanda Carlson and so far its been an amazing start ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Awesome, Jyothsna! I hope the amazing continues! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Terri Avatar
    Terri

    I think that YOUR books will be the new author I pick up this week. Bought e-books, so I’ll have them wherever I go!

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Aww…thanks so much, Terri! I hope you enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Patti L. Avatar
    Patti L.

    Read “Discount Armageddon” by Seanan McGuire. Was pretty sure I’d enjoy it, after the quotes used for the Hangman game at the Hurog board, & it was true. Then went & read her short fiction on the web.

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Excellent! She’s on my TBR list, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Michelle Harlan Avatar
    Michelle Harlan

    I just picked up a copy of Kaya McLaren’s How I Came to Sparkle Again. I’ve seen a few good reviews, saw it in the bookstore & thought I’d give it a try.

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Yay! That’s the spirit, Michelle! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Vicki R Avatar
        Vicki R

        Oohhh! You have to read Seanan! She’s one of my faves. I ADORE her Toby Daye series.

        1. Linda Avatar
          Linda

          Thanks for the rec! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Elaine Avatar
    Elaine

    I got a chance to get a free e-book on a new author, so I’m going to check out Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas.

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Good job, Elaine! And free is nice, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Diane Avatar
    Diane

    Heard about a shifter book author by the name of Laurann Dohner; I got her first book read already!!!

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Excellent, Diane…happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Vicki R Avatar
    Vicki R

    I think this is a great idea! I’ve got a few books on my Bookdepository wishlist by new (to-me) Authors…. This is a good excuse to put in an order!

    1. Linda Avatar
      Linda

      Glad I could help, Vicki! Wait…you mean we’re supposed to have an excuse to order books…? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Vicki R Avatar
        Vicki R

        Nnaa… I never really need an excuse. Though I did get an email with a 5% off discount from Bookdepository. New authors, here I come!

        1. Linda Avatar
          Linda

          Nice! And happy reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

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