I’ve read several blog posts recently regarding how much influence blogs – either book review or writer/author blogs – have on readers to buy books based solely on the connection between the reader and the blog.
Roni Loren asked the readers of her blog, Fiction Groupie, to answer a poll (anonymously) as to whether or not they would buy her debut erotic romance novel based on her blog. The majority of them answered that they would buy her book whether they read erotic romance or not to support her career. I’ve followed her blog for a while, and love her personality and her desire to help writers hone their skills, so even though I have never read an erotic romance novel, I will buy Crash Into You, because I know already she is a good writer.
This question got me thinking about the amount of books I have bought this past year as a result of finding and reading blogs. Last week my writing friend, Teresa Frohock, posted a link to her interview on Jennifer Neri’s blog, where I also found author Catherine Grant on in an interview about her debut novel, The Demise of the Soccer Moms, read and posted a review of the novel. I read more about both Catherine and Jennifer and now follow their blogs as well.
Since I wouldn’t have even known about these authors or their novels, meeting them through blogs has influenced me enough that I buy their books, sit on the couch, and get swept away for a few hours in the wonderful world of fiction.