How Do Readers Find Books They Want to Read?

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You can’t wait to read the next engaging book. How do you find that novel?

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In today’s world, whether authors are traditionally published or self-published, we must invest time and money in promoting our books. It would be helpful if we could put out resources into activities that help readers find books they want to read.



I’d like to know how you go about finding novels you want to read. I’ve created a list of possibilities below.


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If you would be so kind, would you write the list numbers of the two or three you mostly use into the comments section and post the comment? Or write in ones I haven’t listed that you use. That would be helpful also.




In a future post, if I have enough responses to tell us something, I’ll share the results from the comments.

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How I Find Books I Want to Read

  1. Peruse bookstores
  2. Attend book fairs
  3. Find recommendations in newspapers or other publications
  4. Act on recommendations from other readers (word of mouth)
  5. Investigate books announced through emails from authors about new books, or deals on old ones
  6. Subscribe and use suggestions from authors’ newsletters
  7. Investigate books mentioned in authors’ sidebars on their blogs or websites
  8. Read mainly series and get the next book in the series
  9. Click on “Customers who bought this book, also bought …” (Amazon ads)
  10. Click on “Sponsored products related to this item …” (Amazon ads)
  11. Click on Facebook ads
  12. Click on Twitter ads
  13. Click on Goodreads ads
  14. Look at reviews and recommendations on Goodreads
  15. Peruse reviews & star ratings on online bookstore sites (Amazon, CBD, B&N)
  16. Attend Facebook parties to receive free giveaways
  17. Comment on blogs with giveaways to receive free books
  18. Belong to book sites that report deals in your genre (BookBub, Libroso)
  19. Belong to KindleUnlimited or a similar program.
  20. Go to Online Libraries
  21. Look for books on publishers’ sites
  22. Look for books by my favorite authors
  23. Investigate books promoted on Twitter
  24. Investigate books promoted on Facebook
  25. Subscribe to blogs that review books
  26. Belong to a site where I choose free books to review (Authors Cross-Promotion)
  27. Purchase box sets looking for new authors

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Please share the way you locate your next fiction read in the comments. Thank you so much for participating.

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3 Behaviors That Strengthen Your Creative Work and Its Impact

“Creativity is more than mere imagination. It is imagination inseparably coupled with both intent and effort.” — Alex Osborn

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Loving your creative work isn’t enough to guarantee you’ll impact someone else’s life.

Try these three behaviors that together will strengthen your work and its impact on others.

Succumb to Your Gift

We should give in to the gift that says “Me, me. Use me.” Some creative people view the world and are compelled to make up song lyrics and melodies. They may impact more people by becoming songwriters than by giving speeches or writing articles.


Young Choir Members SingingI’m reminded of two brothers from the 18th century. John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist Church, brought in the crowds with his sermons. His brother, Charles, still reaches many through his hymns that are in church hymnals today. They might be unknown men now if they had ignored their gifts and each pursued his brother’s gift.

After I became a Christian years ago, I wanted to learn all I could about God from the Bible and Christian writings. Whenever I puzzled over a difficult truth, I wrote a story to explain it to myself. I knew little about the craft of writing, but I used my underdeveloped gift of expressing through words. I published twenty-seven short stories in two books.

Of the feedback from the stories, the most significant impact remains that one story led a person to Christ.


Care About the People on the Other End of Your Work

Sometimes we’re so wrapped up in the creating end of our work, we forget audiences on the other end are wrapped up in wanting to spend their time on something worthwhile to them. If we wish to make an impact, we must understand what they want.


bulldog wearing eyeglasses sleeping over a good novelSee this article from Goodreads, “What Makes You Put Down a Book.” The reasons listed from what Goodreads compiled from member readers included:

  • “disliking the main character,”
  • “weak writing,”
  • “bad editing,”
  • “inappropriate,”
  • “immoral,”
  • “ridiculous (or nonexistent) plot,”
  • “slow, boring,” (46.4% members on this one) and
  •  other reasons.

Although authors can’t please all readers, they can do something about most of these issues by learning the writing craft and understanding their target audience.

Stay Stubborn

Who would spend years writing four books, which were rejected, and proceed to write a fifth? What kind of impact does four completed manuscripts stored away have on anyone?

My hand shoots into the air. “I wrote four novels and was energized to write a fifth! And I can answer those questions.”



My passion to express the stories in my head propelled me to persevere on each of the books. Those four dust-gathering manuscripts impacted one person: me. They taught me how to write, to find my writer’s voice, and to consider readers’ interests.

My stubbornness paid off. Pelican Book Group has contracted the fifth book. Now, I have the opportunity to impact readers’ lives. Perhaps they’ll:

  • laugh at the funny parts,
  • shiver delightfully at the first kiss,
  • find answers through the issues the hero and the heroine overcome, and
  • latch on to spiritual truths.


Impacting people is more likely when we express through our individual gifts, care about members of our audiences, and never give up.

What have you done that improves your creative work and your impact?