My book buying habits

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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?

Silke was born in Germany, but lives in England. She has written several paranormal romances:   HowlSmittenWatch Me (September 2012) and Caedir (February 2013)

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