Friday, May 20, 2016

Where Do You Find Books?

One of the eternal questions for a self-published novelist is where to put advertising resources (i.e. dollars and time) to get the biggest bang for your buck.

So, I'm putting it out there to the Killer Friends.  Where do you find books? 

Do you have a particular newsletter you go to?  Do you find books on Facebook or Twitter?  In the ads?  Or is it all word of mouth?

Personally, I subscribe to a long list of newsletters and when I'm looking for something new to spend my limited book budget on, I go through those looking for something that might grab me.  Here are a few that show up in my inbox daily...

Fussy Librarian
Authors' Billboard
Omnimystery News
Read Cheaply
Bargain Booksy / Free Booksy
Robin Reads

I've also advertised on all of those at some point, with varying results.  (Speaking of which, Fertile Ground is in today's Authors' Billboard New Releases section.)  It's not a comprehensive list by any stretch...

So, tell me, Killer Friends, where do you find books? 


Karyn Good said...

Interestingly enough, none of those sites. I have found books on BookBub. Honestly, these days I find books on Instagram. I follow a lot of book influencers there. One example: Crime By The Book. You can also find her online. Or books that catch my eye on Facebook or Twitter. Usually because people are talking them up. So word of mouth, I guess.

B.E. Sanderson said...

I've only just started subscribing to BookBub, and I haven't gotten into Instagram yet. One more thing to do. Yeah, I still get a lot of books by word-of-mouth, too. It's always been the best way.