Sorry I've been MIA for awhile! I've been in the midst of selling my house, packing it up, and getting ready to move to a new house next month. It's become an all-encompassing project so writing has gone to the back burner for awhile. I'm looking forward to getting back to it once we're settled though!
I came across this post on facebook. Author Veronica Roth is asking her readers how they first discovered her book, Divergent. This is a great question and interesting to all YA authors really. I often wonder how people stumble across my book. On Amazon or Goodreads? A blog review? In the bookstore? Library recommendation?
In the comments of that post it seems to me that the most people find their YA books by browsing at the bookstore. I do that too. This is when I find my impulse buys. I don't tend to go into a bookstore with a shopping list but stumble upon books that sounds interesting and have a great cover. And I hope the remaining bookstores can keep open for as long as possible so that people can keep finding books there. Though the bookstore is really only a peek into whats available out there. A large number of printed books never make it into the bookstore. Or if they do they're only there briefly - for 60-90 days.
So where else do people find them? A lot answered that they browse on Amazon or Goodreads. I can't say I spend much time looking on Goodreads for a new read. But I will browse Amazon a lot. Although, unless you come up in the first hundred or so in rankings (YA, YA Romance etc.) I probably won't find you. Most of the time the way I get turned onto a book is through word of mouth-- either over twitter or facebook or a friend or librarian recommendation. I also depend on reviews of the book. I like when they're at a central location like on Amazon, even if I don't buy from there.
How do you find your YA books?
Kristina, Miss Author in Action