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Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Spotlight: Jennette Green

Why Do You Buy a Book?

Since I’m very interested in discovering the best way to market my new book, I found this last question especially intriguing.

Readers are most likely to buy a book based on:

1. Blurb...............................34 %
2. Recommendation from a friend........23 %
3. First pages.........................17 %
4. Excerpt.............................11 %
5 Read author’s blog and liked it..... 5 %
6. Review.............................. 5 %
7. Other............................... 5 %

Covers weren’t polled. However, I learned an attention grabbing cover is the number one reason why a reader will pick up a book. Afterward, however, she’ll go through her personal checklist before deciding to buy.

Frankly, I was surprised by the poll results. Few took a review into consideration when buying a book, and excerpts were unpopular with a few people, because they didn’t know which part of the book it came from.

In sum, have a great cover, blurb and first pages. If you’ve succeeded in all three areas, a reader may give your book a chance! So, keeping these facts in mind, I’ll now shamelessly promote my own book… :-)

The cover of The Commander’s Desire is on LASR’s main page. (Thank you so much to my cover artist, Rae Monet!)

The blurb of my medieval romance:

Princess Elwytha wants revenge on the monster who murdered her brother. In a false exchange for peace, she offers herself in marriage to the enemy Prince. The plan? Kill the Prince’s battle-scarred Commander—the man who ended King Thor’s life with one filthy sword thrust through the back. To her horror, the Commander agrees to take Elwytha as his bride. Worse, the wedding date will be sooner than expected. Not all is lost, however. Now she has more opportunity to be alone with him--and exact justice.

But the deed is not so easy now. Fighting her innate sense of honor, she begins to see the ironclad integrity of the man behind the scars. And with this knowledge comes doubt. Did he slay her brother? What exactly is the new king's plan? Whom can she trust? Elwytha must decide well, for more than her life is at stake. Soon she must betray either allegiance to her kingdom--or the man who is quickly claiming her heart.

The first pages can be read here: First pages
For excerpts, click here: Excerpt
To buy from Amazon, click here: Amazon

I’ve enjoyed chatting with you all this week! I truly hope you’ve found something of interest in my essays. :-)

God bless,

Jennette

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