I think it's interesting how people who were adamant nay-sayers about self publishing…suddenly self publish and tout it as the best thing since sliced bread.
I'm not against self publishing, but I am against self publishing unedited, poorly executed drivel.
There is a glut of bad books out there, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a good one amongst the rubbish.
Sales figures are no indicator of a good book either. It just means the masses aren't very discriminating.
There is a lot to be said for reviews.
I generally read them, and also look at the other books a reviewer likes.
If their tastes are the same as mine, I will likely pick up the book.
The cover plays a big role too. If it catches my eye, I'll likely take a closer look. No, I don't judge by the cover, but I definitely give it a closer look.
If I then pick up the book, and the writing isn't up to par…then I'll never pick up another by that author. You only get one shot with me. If I liked the first, I likely pick up another.
If I frequently pick up books by an author, and they start putting out stuff I don't like…I'll give them another chance. Maybe two. After that it's over, even if you get rave reviews.
Authors who start genre-hopping are also treated with extreme caution.
And then there are certain words I simply won't tolerate from a woman author and there won't be another chance to offend me.
Those are the factors that influence my book buying.
What are yours?