Friday Wrap-Up: Where Do You Find New Authors?

I wrote a little while ago about the value of spontaneous book browsing and found out that many of you already have a very specific to-read list in hand when you go to the bookstore or library.

But, where does that list come from? The ether? GoodReads recommendations? Amazon reviews? Friends? Blogs? 

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More specifically, how do you find new authors that you just can’t wait to read? Once you already love an author, it’s easy to traipse through back-list land. But, a new one? A good new one? That’s a rare thing indeed.

This has been on my mind because I realized that a lot of my new authors I read are found at literary events like the Tucson Festival of Books. Attending panels with a mix of different authors allows me to kind of get to know an author directly and can turn me onto his or her books without ever having read a review.

Otherwise, I get a lot of my recommendations through other book blogs and friends. I can also be swayed to read something if it will lend itself to a work assignment (i.e., food or nutrition) or if it’s recommended by multiple people. Bonus points if a new author recommended is also in the Wendig/Sykes/Bear/Hearne/Rothfuss author party happening over on Twitter, also known as the “Taco Guild”… maybe… (but, this is another reason why I have my sights on Scott Lynch).

What I also find interesting is that I rarely take up recommendations from Amazon or GoodReads. It’s just not a point on my radar.

Anyways, rambly and such. Where do YOU go to find new authors? 

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  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    In the case of historical romance, I asked the blogosphere and Twitterverse for recommendations. Then I read books. Then I got disappointed and got more specific in who I took recommendations from. Sometimes after I get recommendations, I’ll look at the reviews on Goodreads to see if it’s something I’ll enjoy or not.

    Every now and again, I’ll search for “If you like…., you might like….” lists for new authors.

    • http://www.bookpairing.com/ Nikki Steele

      Hmmm I haven’t tried those lists, but imagine how they could be helpful.

      And yes, I’ve had the problem taking Twitter recs, but reading is so personal that a lot of the time it just doesn’t match right. And then you’ve got this awkward conversation about a book that they loved but you were kind of meh about.

  • http://cheapthrillsbookblog.wordpress.com/ Charleen Lynette

    Most new authors on my list right now come from fellow bloggers. Occasionally I’ll see a banner ad or a display in the library or bookstore that makes a book jump out at me, but that’s rare these days. (And when I tried to get back to that spontaneous discovery, I didn’t have any success.)

    • http://www.bookpairing.com/ Nikki Steele

      Yeah, I find that they’re usually underwhelming for me too.

  • Katherine Nabity

    Fellow bloggers and other social media have become a big part of how I find new authors. I’ll also browse NetGalley/Edelweiss and occasionally do searches at Goodreads and Amazon for certain subjects. Once in a while, I’ll find a new author in an anthology. Very rarely, someone will recommend a book, but this only seems to work if they press the book into my hands and insist. Any book a friend insists I read is a good one. I never pay any attention to Amazon or Goodreads.

    • http://www.bookpairing.com/ Nikki Steele

      Oooh anthologies are a good one.

      Yeah, social media and friends are usually my favorite.