Stephanie: This month I decided to have a discussion about auto buy authors. This was brought about because I just started watching auto buy authors and their new releases. FictFact has helped me keep track of this but that’s for another discussion. I’ve also found that it’s much easier to pre-order when I don’t have to worry about shipping fees and I have a Nook so it’s delivered via the Internet and not a carrier like USPS, UPS or FedEx.
So, Lisa do you have any auto buy authors?
Lisa: Absolutely. My first was probably Laurell K. Hamilton, then it spread to other authors like Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynsay Sands, Carrie Lofty, Elizabeth Hoyt, Jennifer Ashley, Anna Campbell, Monica Burns, Kaki Warner, Meljean Brook, Gena Showalter, Kate Noble, Sarah Parr, Emma Lang, J.R. Ward, Robyn DeHart, Kresley Cole, Madeline Hunter. I have a lot! lol
What about you, Stephanie?
Stephanie: My auto buy authors are kind of all over the place. I don’t stick to one genre. Allison Brennan is my one hard and fast auto buy. I have also added Casey Daniels, Jenn McKinlay, James Patterson, Larissa Ione, and Elisabeth Naughton.
This brings me to my next question: what qualities do you look for in an auto buy author?
Lisa: Obviously, the first part would be great story telling. The easiest way for me to gauge that is how quickly I read their work. I read the first seven novels in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series in one week, and I’m not the fastest reader. There came a point where reading the remaining novels of the series was like breathing…I just have to keep reading to stay with these fantastic characters in this amazing world. Christine Feehan was the same way as was Elizabeth Hoyt, Stephanie Laurens, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole. I also have to love their characters. Character development is a big factor for me. If I love the hero and heroine then the author is a definite auto-buy!
What about you?
Stephanie: I’m actually pretty easy going about this. As long as I’ve read one book by the author and enjoyed it, then I’ll pick up the next one. Only when I start to loose interest in a series or in an author’s writing do they get bumped. Right now my list is pretty small so I can say that but if I had several favorite authors I might not be able to say that financially. 🙂 J.R. Ward’s books are a good example of this. I really enjoyed them but after about the fifth book I started to lose hope. If it had continued to go downhill I would have started borrowing the books from the library; however, I found that in the last couple of books the story had picked back up. I haven’t had the chance to read Lover Unleashed so I’ll have to decide how I feel about this after I read it.
What does an author have to do to get bumped off your auto buy list?
Lisa: Lose sight of where it all began. It’s very hard for an author to keep the freshness of a series going, but if you take the series in a completely new direction that doesn’t match the ‘roots’ of where it all began I will start buying more cautiously. (i.e. Laurell K. Hamilton and Anita Blake = so frustrating!) For an author that doesn’t write a series, there is more wiggle room because it could just be a fluke. I always know that if I don’t like it, I can look forward to the next book and leave the other stuff behind! I feel authors have the right to try anything they like…they can go in any direction they want to and I encourage it. But at the end of the day, I like what I like and those authors I like are the authors I will follow relentlessly.
Stephanie:I haven’t had to do that yet. If an author gets bumped off my auto buy list then I’ll just get them buy them at a later date, preferably discounted, get them from the library or find them at a used book store. If I find the story or writing is picking up then the author will get put back on the auto buy list.
Well everyone, we hope you enjoyed this discussion we had today at Once Upon A Chapter. Now we turn it over to you…Do you have any auto buy authors? What qualities do you look for in your auto buy authors?